United States President Donald Trump touts government efforts to curb federal regulations during an event on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, USA, on July 16, 2020.
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President Donald Trump further confused his government's news on the use of masks to combat the spread of the coronavirus on Friday, declaring that he disagrees with his CDC director how effectively they would stop Covid-19 and that masks " also cause problems ".
Trump concluded the exchange with Fox News' Chris Wallace saying, "I think masks are good."
In the interview that aired on Fox News on Sunday, Wallace referred to the recent comments from Robert Redfield, director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention: "If we could get everyone to wear a mask now, I really think so over the next after. " We could get this epidemic under control in four, six, eight weeks. "
"The CDC says that if everyone wore a mask for four to six weeks, we could get this under control. Regret that you haven't worn a mask in public from the start and would consider whether you wear a national one Consider the mandate that people need? " Wear masks? "Wallace asked Trump in an interview.
"No. I want people to have some freedom, and I don't believe in it, no," Trump replied. "And I don't agree with the statement that everything would go away if everyone wore a mask."
"Hey, Dr. (Anthony) Fauci said & # 39; don't wear a mask & # 39 ;; our general surgeon – a great guy – said don't wear a mask. Everyone said suddenly don't wear a mask, all I have to wear a mask, and as you know, masks also cause problems. Still, I believe in masks. I think masks are good, "he continued.
While Fauci and General Surgeon Jerome Adams said they didn't think masks were necessary in the first few weeks of the flood, but they and the CDC have been pushing for their use since April. Both Fauci and Adams said their message had changed as they learned more about the spread of the virus.
"We have learned more about the asymptomatic spread of up to 50 percent of people who can spread this disease without having symptoms. That is why Americans need to know that science is about giving the best recommendations that you have can and when you learn you can also change these recommendations, "Adams said last weekend to CBS" Face the Nation ".
Trump – who largely avoided being seen in public with a mask – made headlines the same weekend by wearing one in front of the camera during a visit to Walter Reed Hospital