Some of his close aides reveal on condition of anonymity that the president fears to wear a face mask because he doesn't want to appear like a weak and frightened leader.
Before taking off for Walter Reed, Trumpsaid he'd "probably" wear a mask. He claimed he's never been against masks, telling reporters as he left the White House "When you're in a hospital, especially ..." White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, military personnel, Secret Service agents, and the White House staff with the president all wore face coverings. Earlier, it said that mask wearing is not necessary for the U.S. president and those close to him as they are regularly tested for COVID-19.
The President has also ridiculed those who have worn one publicly, like 2020 rival Joe Biden.
The idea of wearing a mask in public places, which some states require and the CDC strongly recommends, has become a politically polarizing debate in the USA despite expertssaying it significantly reduces the risk of spreading the virus. The White Household insists that mask sporting isn't needed for Trump considering that he and those around him are analyzed on a regular basis for Covid-19.
Trump visited Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, a military medical facility outside Washington.
The ongoing pandemic continues to surge across the USA with more than 3.3 million people having been infected with the novel coronavirus disease as of Monday.
While this apparent change of heart comes months too late, we can only hope Trump's supporters follow suit and finally stop crying about wearing a mask.
Until this week, Trump had resisted that coaxing, in part because he is tested daily and views it as an unnecessary step and also because he has not wanted to give into media criticism and pressure.
Health experts agree that face masks are useful at stopping the spread of COVID-19.
On its website, Walter Reed carries this recommendation: "Whenever you're out in public, like at your local grocery store or pharmacy, where it's hard to maintain 6 feet of social distance, you should wear a cloth face covering". And Adm. Brett Giroir, who is in charge of the nation's testing program, accused Fauci of looking at the pandemic strictly from a "public health point of view" in an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday.