The US president mocked rival Joe Biden for wearing a mask in the same speech he encouraged his supporters to use them to stop coronavirus over the Labor Day holiday weekend.
Donald Trump stressed the importance of coronavirus masks at a rally – despite rarely using them himself – before mocking election rival Joe Biden for wearing one.
According to Mirror,During an evening visit to Latrobe, Pennsylvania, a swing state vital to his re-election hopes, Trump sent mixed messages on the pandemic.
He urged people to wear face masks over the Labour Day holiday weekend, saying he is “all for” them, despite not wearing one himself.
But he also chided Biden for “liking” masks so much.
“Look, I’m all for, we have a big weekend – distance on the weekend and all of that stuff and wear your mask when you are close together, in particular, and wash your hands,” Trump said at an airport rally with Air Force One behind him on Thursday.
“Did you ever see a man that likes a mask as much as him?” Trump said, referring to Democrat Biden who has been photographed with a mask hanging from one ear.
A lot of times, he has it hanging down,” the Republican president added. “You know what? It gives him a feeling of security. If I were a psychiatrist … I’d say this guy’s got some big issues.”
Indoor gatherings are currently restricted to 25 people in Pennsylvania, while outdoor events are limited to 250.
Trump has consistently flouted the pandemic rules during his re-election campaign, including giving speeches in front of huge crowds – while pushing for the economy to re-open despite the climbing US death toll.
The president wasn’t even seen in public in a mask until mid-July during a visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, having previously said there was no need for them.
At the time, Trump insisted he has “never been against masks” but, in April had said: “I don’t think I’m going to be doing it. Wearing a face mask as I greet presidents, prime ministers, dictators, kings, queens – I just don’t see it.”