President Donald Trump said he won’t issue a national mandate amid calls from Democrats, desiring to give Americans freedom to choose.
In an interview with Fox News anchor Chris Wallace that will air in full this Sunday, July 19, President Trump said he has been given conflicting advice on the efficacy of masks by public health officials like infectious disease chief Dr. Anthony Fauci. The president said he thinks that masks can be helpful but does not believe they will root out the CCP Virus (coronavirus).
“I want people to have a certain freedom and I don’t believe in that, no,” the president said when asked about a mandate. “I don’t agree with the statement that if everyone wore a mask, everything disappears.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Fauci initially said that facial coverings were not necessary for healthy individuals but later recommend the use of face masks in public.
“Dr. Fauci said don’t wear a mask, our surgeon general—terrific guy—said don’t wear a mask. Everybody was saying don’t wear a mask, all of a sudden everybody’s got to wear a mask,” he continued. “And as you know, masks cause problems too. With that being said, I am a believer in masks. I think masks are good.”
The president’s remarks come as Democrats are pushing for mask mandates across the country. On Thursday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said that she will propose an amendment to the next CCP Virus stimulus bill that would block states without a mask mandate to receive federal funds.
“Wearing masks in public should be mandatory. Period. [Senate Majority] Leader [Mitch] McConnell said the Senate will take up the next coronavirus economic relief bill later this month. At that time, I intend to offer an amendment to prohibit sending funds to states that haven’t adopted a statewide mask requirement,” Feinstein wrote in a statement.
President Trump wore a mask for the first time in public over the weekend during a trip to Walter Reed Military Hospital to meet with wounded soldiers and medical staff.
“When you’re in a hospital, especially … I think it’s expected to wear a mask,” the president said.