Trump refuses to order Americans to wear masks

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Trump refuses to order Americans to wear masks


Donald Trump wearing a face mask

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Donald Trump wore a face mask in public for the first time last Saturday

US President Donald Trump has vowed not to order Americans to wear masks to contain the spread of coronavirus.

His comments came after the country’s top infectious disease expert, Dr Anthony Fauci, urged state and local leaders to be “as forceful as possible” in getting people to wear masks.

Wearing face coverings, Dr Fauci added, is “really important” and “we should be using them, everyone”.

The wearing of face coverings has become highly politicised in the US.

President Trump, who had previously resisted wearing a face covering himself, wore a mask in public for the first time last Saturday.

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