Before departing on Marine One to visit wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington on July 11, President Trump told reporters on the South Lawn at the White House that he was prepared to don a mask in the environment where wounded service members were receiving treatment.

“I’ll probably have a mask if you must know. I’ll probably have a mask. I think when you’re in a hospital, especially in that particular setting, where you are talking to a lot of soldiers, people that, in some cases, just got off the operating table. I think it’s a great thing to wear a mask. I’ve never been against masks, but I do believe they have a time and a place,” said the president to reporters.

“So we’re going to Walter Reed Hospital, and we’re going to be seeing soldiers—our great heroes, our wounded, and some badly wounded. And they’re incredibly brave and great people. And we’re going to see also the warriors on the frontline of COVID, and quite a few of them. And we’re going to spend some good time with them, and I look forward to doing it. And it’ll be my honor to be there,” said the president.

The president wasn’t wearing a mask when he departed the White House, and not when he embarked from the helicopter at the hospital. He was seen for a short time, along with accompanying White House staff, wearing a mask in the hospital corridors, making it the first time the president has been seen in public in a mask since the pandemic began.

Other politicians have criticized the president for not wearing a mask previously. He maintains he hasn’t been in situations where a protective face cover is required, as anyone who is to have contact with him has been tested beforehand for the CCP (coronavirus) Virus.

Visiting vulnerable, wounded soldiers does require everyone to be masked, and he has no problem with that.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said earlier in the month that a national mask mandate is “long overdue.” Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden advised in June that if he were president, he “would insist that everybody in public be wearing that mask,” reported Fox Business.