"The CDC is advising the use of non-medical cloth face covering as an additional voluntary public health measure," Trump said last month. "It’s voluntary, so you don’t have to do it."
"I just don’t want to wear one myself," Trump added to reporters at the time. "I don’t see it for myself. Maybe I’ll change my mind."
Trump wore a mask in private earlier this month during a visit to a Ford factory producing medical supplies and personal protective equipment, but refused to allow himself to be photographed wearing it.
"I did not want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it," he said at the time.
There have been more than 1.6 million cases of COVID-19 in the United States as of Tuesday, with more than 98,000 deaths related to the virus.
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