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.
BREAKING: Pres. Trump: "The CDC is advising the use of non-medical cloth face covering as an additional, voluntary… https://t.co/XinTiskvHM— ABC News (@ABC News)1585951310.0
"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.
Look at how robotically Trump reads off the CDC’s recommendations, and how his eyes light up when he gets to tell u… https://t.co/LfZSMwbQSh— Ron Hogan (@Ron Hogan)1585954248.0
You keep downplaying the virus. Even worse you encourage the downplaying https://t.co/PLz7bxQgN5— Angel Cedeño (@Angel Cedeño)1585953009.0
There are lots of failures to be angry about, but the whole mask back-and-forth enrages me. And now that it's time… https://t.co/BrPsuJnWmW— CamYzerman (@CamYzerman)1585951642.0
Looking forward to Alec Baldwin doing Trump as a 5th grade sex ed teacher telling kids they should use condoms but… https://t.co/ePYJMFjzfx— Dave Heal (@Dave Heal)1585953659.0
His response, and his affect, here aren't just discouraging masks. It's the inner monologue of a recalcitrant child… https://t.co/BtCG0e6f5F— Angus Johnston 😷 (@Angus Johnston 😷)1585953052.0
The eye-rolls were aplenty.
@ABC He seriously thinks he’s the smartest man in the world.— Mike (@Mike)1585951387.0
@ABC Once again he proves he is not a leader.— Gypsy Gene (@Gypsy Gene)1585951514.0
@ABC https://t.co/CIFwa31A3i— Chanel_lover888 (@Chanel_lover888)1585951658.0
It's probably best if you follow the advice of the experts, rather than the reality star.