U.S. President Donald Trump appears in public with a face mask for the first time during a visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, Saturday, July 11.
READ MORE: Trump, who had previously avoided wearing a mask in public, wore one during his visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, telling Fox News “it’s a very appropriate thing” to do in a hospital setting.
The president said that in addition to meeting with wounded soldiers, he would meet with workers tasked with containing the spread of the new coronavirus.
Trump has been criticized for not wearing a mask or promoting the use of them, even within his Republican Party in recent weeks.
His visit with the troops and employees comes amid surges of COVID-19 cases in the U.S., which continues to lead the world in both infections and fatalities.