Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chair of the Senate health committee, urged President Donald Trump on Sunday to wear a mask “from time to time” and to leave coronavirus health and medical suggestions to the experts.
“I wish the president would wear a mask when it’s appropriate because millions of Americans admire him, and they would follow his lead,” Alexander, who is retiring at the end of this year, stated on CNN’s “Inside Politics.”
His advising came as validated around the world coronavirus cases gone beyond 10 million on Sunday. The U.S. has the world’s highest infection death toll and on Friday reported an all-time high of 40,000 day-to-day cases.
Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., uses a plaid face mask prior to chairing the health committee, which held a hearing in May on brand-new coronavirus tests.
When asked whether people must look to Trump for health recommendations,
“My suggestion to the president all along, and for the other political leaders, is let the experts do the talking about medicine. People trust them,” Alexander stated.
“If wearing a mask is important, and all of the experts tell us that it is in containing the disease in 2020, it would help if from time to time the president would wear one to help us get rid of this political debate that says, ‘If you’re for Trump, you don’t wear a mask. If you’re against Trump, you do,’” he stated.
That partisan divide was on full show Sunday on political talk shows.
Trump’s secretary of health and human services, Alex Azar, stated the president and Vice President Mike Pence are exempt from needing to wear masks due to the fact that they remain in a “unique position” in which they are evaluated for the infection routinely.
President Donald Trump– seen throughout a see to a Ford Motor Co. plant in Michigan in May– has actually consistently declined to wear a mask inpublic
“Anybody around them are tested that day. They’re leaders of the free world. They have very different circumstances than the rest of us,” he stated on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, likewise speaking on CNN, voiced the opposite position.
“The president should be (an) example. Real men wear masks. Be an example to the country, and wear the mask,” she stated.
Trump has actually consistently declined to wear a mask inpublic
“I didn’t want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it,” he stated in late May while checking out a Ford Motor Co. plant in Michigan.
Trump likewise mocked his governmental opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, for using a mask.
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