US President Donald Trump backs face masks, says it’s patriotic

The US President has so far resisted wearing a face mask. However on Monday, he took to Twitter to claim that wearing masks is ‘patriotic’.

On June 12, Donald Trump was seen in public wearing a face mask for the first time. (Photo: AP)

President Donald Trump changed his tune in favor of face masks as a tool to combat the coronavirus in the United States.

The virus has infected more than 14.6 million people and killed over 600,000 of them since it first emerged in China, with fresh alarm being sounded over its accelerating spread in Africa.

And despite rising hopes for two vaccine candidates, there are few options available to combat the spread of COVID-19, though they do include face masks — which Trump and his political allies refused to encourage for months.

But he changed direction on Monday, tweeting a photo of himself wearing a mask with the message: “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.”

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