Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chair of the Senate well being committee, implored President Donald Trump on Sunday to put on a masks “infrequently” and to depart coronavirus well being and medical suggestions to the consultants.
“I want the president would put on a masks when it’s acceptable as a result of tens of millions of People admire him, and they’d comply with his lead,” Alexander, who’s retiring on the finish of this 12 months, mentioned on CNN’s “Inside Politics.”
His urging got here as confirmed worldwide coronavirus circumstances surpassed 10 million on Sunday. The U.S. has the world’s highest virus loss of life toll and on Friday reported an all-time excessive of 40,000 each day circumstances.
“My suggestion to the president all alongside, and for the opposite political leaders, is let the consultants do the speaking about medication. Individuals belief them,” Alexander mentioned when requested whether or not folks ought to look to Trump for well being recommendation.
“If carrying a masks is vital, and the entire consultants inform us that it’s in containing the illness in 2020, it could assist if infrequently the president would put on one to assist us do away with this political debate that claims, ‘Should you’re for Trump, you don’t put on a masks. Should you’re towards Trump, you do,’” he mentioned.
That partisan divide was on full show Sunday on political speak reveals.
Trump’s secretary of well being and human providers, Alex Azar, mentioned the president and Vice President Mike Pence are exempt from having to put on masks as a result of they’re in a “distinctive place” during which they’re examined for the virus repeatedly.
“Anyone round them are examined that day. They’re leaders of the free world. They’ve very totally different circumstances than the remainder of us,” he mentioned on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi, also speaking on CNN, voiced the other stance.
“The president needs to be (an) instance. Actual males put on masks. Be an instance to the nation, and put on the masks,” she mentioned.
Trump has repeatedly refused to put on a masks in public.
“I didn’t wish to give the press the pleasure of seeing it,” he said in late May whereas visiting a Ford Motor Co. plant in Michigan.
Trump additionally ridiculed his presidential opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, for carrying a masks.
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