Donald Trump argued Monday the port of the mask facing the coronavirus as a gesture of ” patriotic “, having long displayed an ambiguous position on this sensitive issue.
“A lot of people say that it is patriotic to wear a mask when it is impossible to exercise social distancing. And no one is as patriotic as me “, wrote the president of the United States in a tweet illustrated with a photo of himself wearing a mask.
“We are united in our effort to defeat the invisible virus chinese,” he added, using a name he likes to impute to China the responsibility for the disease.
The billionaire republican has appeared in public with a mask for the first time only on 11 July, several months after the beginning of the pandemic that has claimed more than 140 000 deaths in the United States.
Its refusal, thus far, to be displayed in public with this protection now recommended by the experts has been highly criticized, and has contributed to politicising the debate in a country where the decision to impose or not the port is dependent on each State or even each county or municipality.
Sunday again, Donald Trump said that he was not planning to request the port of the mask at the national level to stem the pandemic, while the number of new cases daily of contamination has exploded and that the deaths are also rising again.
“I want people to have a degree of freedom (…) and I’m not agree with the assertion that if everyone puts on a mask everything will disappear “, he explained on Fox News.