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Trump Just Announced New CDC Recommendation to Wear Cloth Masks in Public but Said He Won't Follow It Himself

ABC News

As more information becomes available regarding the virus that's caused a public health crisis in the United States, officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have urged Americans in hard-hit areas to begin wearing cloth masks to cover their faces.

Unlike medical professionals, who need N95 masks (of which there is a shortage) when treating virus patients, average Americans can wear makeshift cloth masks that block the saliva droplets through which the virus is spread.

The President announced the new advisory at a Friday press briefing, along with the caveat that he wouldn't be following it himself.

Watch below.

Trump said:

"It's voluntary. You don't have to do it. They suggest it for a period of time, but this is voluntary. I don't think I'm gonna be doing it."

The President was later asked why he wouldn't be doing it, where he once again stressed that the measure was a recommendation, not an order.

The President attempted to justify the decision:

"I just don't want to wear one myself. It's a recommendation, they recommend it. I'm feeling good...I don't know, somehow, sitting in the Oval Office behind that beautiful Resolute Desk, the great Resolute Desk, I think wearing a facemask as I greet presidents, prime ministers, dictators, kings and queens, I don't know, somehow I don't see it for myself."

Trump's gleeful announcement that he wouldn't be following CDC recommendations struck a sour chord.

The eye-rolls were aplenty.

It's probably best if you follow the advice of the experts, rather than the reality star.