First Lady Melania Trump took to Twitter on Tuesday to urge people to wear face coverings and practice social distancing amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.
“Even in the summer months, please remember to wear face coverings & practice social distancing,” the First Lady wrote. “The more precaution we take now can mean a healthier & safer country in the Fall.”
The First Lady’s approach to urging face masks is in stark contrast to that of President Donald Trump, who wore a mask in public Sunday for the first time since the start of the pandemic.
“I’ve never been against masks but I do believe they have a time and a place,” he said as he left the White House.
He has previously said that he would not wear a mask and mocked Democratic rival Joe Biden for doing so.
When the CDC guidelines went into effect, Trump told reporters he probably wouldn’t adopt the practice.
“I don’t think I’m going to be doing it,” Trump said at the time. “Wearing a face mask as I greet presidents, prime ministers, dictators, kings, queens — I just don’t see it.”
Even in the summer months, please remember to wear face coverings & practice social distancing. The more precaution we take now can mean a healthier & safer country in the Fall. pic.twitter.com/80dGOWIyDJ
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) July 14, 2020