“We are United in our effort to defeat the Invisible China Virus, and many people say that it is Patriotic to wear a face mask when you can’t socially distance,” Trump wrote. “There is nobody more Patriotic than me, your favorite President.”
The president was spotted wearing a facemask in public for the first time earlier this month at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Centre in Washington, D.C., where he met wounded service members and health care providers caring for COVID-19 patients.
As he departed the White House, Trump told reporters: “When you’re in a hospital, especially … I think it’s a great thing to wear a mask.”
Before the event in Washington, Trump had declined to wear a mask at public events including news conferences, rallies and during updates from the coronavirus task force.
Trump has also repeatedly referred to COVID-19 as the “China virus.”
Since it was discovered, the virus has infected more than 14.6 million people around the world, according to a tally from Johns Hopkins University.
The United States remained the epicenter of the virus on Monday, with more than 3.8 million confirmed cases.
So far, 140,811 people in the U.S. have died as a result of COVID-19.
— With a file from The Associated Press