Donald Trump wore a mask during a visit to a military hospital, the first time the president has been seen in public with the type of facial covering recommended by health officials as a precaution against spreading coronavirus.
President Trump flew by helicopter to Walter Reed National Military Medical Centre in suburban Washington to meet wounded service-members and health care providers caring for Covid-19 patients.
As he left the White House, he told reporters: “When you’re in a hospital, especially … I think it’s expected to wear a mask.”
President Trump was wearing a mask in Walter Reed’s hallway as he began his visit. He was not wearing one when he stepped off the helicopter at the facility.
The president was a latecomer to wearing a mask during the pandemic, which has raged across the US since March and infected more than 3.2 million and killed at least 134,000.
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