In a first, US President Donald Trump wore a face mask in public on Saturday as he was visiting the Walter Reed military hospital to meet wounded veterans.

ABC News

A couple of months ago, even with the increasing number of cases, President Trump refused to wear a mask in front of the cameras and told photographers that: 

I had one on before. I wore one in this back area but I didn’t want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it. 

-Donald Trump


However, Donald Trump sported a navy blue mask that had a golden presidential seal emblazoned on the left-hand corner. In a recent statement he further claimed: 

I’ve never been against masks, but I do believe they have a time and a place. 

-Donald Trump

Time Magazine

According to NDTV, this week’s news reports said that aides had to beg the president to relent and wear a mask in public so that he could be photographed.

The Guardian

3.29 million confirmed cases later, President Trump finally decided to follow the recommendations of his public health official and experts and finally wear a mask. 

The Hindu

Twitter reacts to President Trump wearing a mask in public for the first time: 

As we write this, the death toll in the United States has increased to 137k.