US President, Donald Trump stunned US citizen when he appeared in public over the weekend, wearing a face mask .
Trump visited a military hospital on Saturday, July 11, putting on a mask for the very first time with the facial covering recommended as a precaution against the novel Coronavirus.
He went to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington to meet wounded service members and health care providers caring for COVID-19 patients while wearing a face mask.
The president told White House reporters while leaving: “When you’re in a hospital, especially … I think it’s expected to wear a mask.”
He, however, pulled off the face mask when he stepped off the hallway of the Walter Reed’s facility.
Trump’s refusal to wear a face mask over the months raised controversy about the message he was trying to pass across.
He noted, however, that wearing of the face mask would make him look weak. He was more concerned that Coronavirus pandemic shifted focus to the public health crisis rather than the economic recovery.
The US COVID-19 has infected more than 3.2 million and killed at least 134,000 in the US.