President Donald Trump said Tuesday he has "no problem" wearing a mask and urged Americans to wear theirs, too. The comments are a major change in tone for the president, who spent months resisting wearing a mask in public. (July 21)
- Yesterday you said that wearing a mask was an act of patriotism. If that is the case, why don't you do it more frequently?
DONALD TRUMP: Well, I do actually do it when I need. I mean, I carry the mask when I have to go-- I went into Walter Reed Hospital the other day. I have the mask right here, and I carried it.
And I will use it gladly. No problem with it, and I've said that. And I say, if you can, use the mask. When you can, use the mask.
If you're close to each other, if you're in a group, I would put it on when I'm in a group. If I'm in an elevator, and there are other people with me, including, like, security people, it's not their fault. They have to be in the elevator. I want to protect them also. I put on a mask.
I will have-- I have no problem with the masks. I view it this way. Anything that potentially can help-- and that certainly can potentially help-- is a good thing.
I have no problem. I carry it. I wear it. You saw me wearing it a number of times. And I'll continue. Please.
- First of all--
- Thank you, Mr. President.
- can I ask a quick follow-up?
DONALD TRUMP: Go ahead, please.
- Thank you, sir. A lot of Americans, though, may be surprised at your change of tone to a more, perhaps, realistic tone. Some would look at it that way-- the sudden embrace of masks, social distancing, the--
DONALD TRUMP: Well, I've always agreed with that. I mean, I've never fought either one, but certainly social distancing. I want to-- that's common sense.
- The idea that--
DONALD TRUMP: Six feet, for me, is common sense. I'd like to say, maybe make it a little bit further.