President Trump said that he will not issue a national mandate requiring all Americans to wear face masks, The Hill reports. However, he also said that he thinks “masks are good.”
The president made public his decision against a national face mask mandate during an interview with Fox News anchor Chris Wallace that will air this Sunday.
No federal mandate
“I want people to have a certain freedom and I don’t believe in that, no,” the president said, according to clips of the interview.
The president proceeded to comment on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recent claim that we could get the resurgent coronavirus under control in roughly a month if everyone were to wear face masks.
“I don’t agree with the statement that if everyone wore a mask, everything disappears,” Trump said. “Dr. [Anthony] Fauci said don’t wear a mask, our surgeon general — terrific guy — said don’t wear a mask. Everybody was saying don’t wear a mask, all of a sudden, everybody’s got to wear a mask.”
Indeed, as the president points out, face masks, if nothing else, have highlighted the fact that the medical community’s understanding of the coronavirus is in its embryonic stage and thus its advice is ambiguous at best.
Remember that it wasn’t too long ago, when the coronavirus first got going here in America, that we were told that not only were face masks useless against the coronavirus but that they could actually facilitate its spread.
Now, however, the CDC is claiming that facemasks are the solution. In just a few months, masks have gone from useless and potentially harmful to a practical cure-all. This, at least partially, explains Trump’s apparent skepticism.
Don’t get the wrong idea
Before everyone jumps all over the president, however, Trump went on to say, “I am a believer in masks. I think masks are good.”
In fact, the president for the first time since the outbreak began was even recently seen donning a face mask of his own in public.
The White House’s official position is simply that mask mandates ought to be handled on a state and local level, not some big federal government in Washington D.C. It’s the basic idea behind federalism, and it makes a lot of sense: Who better knows what locals need than locals?
Still, we’re sure the left is going to be all over the president for this one.