July 13, 2020 -- President Donald Trump wore a mask for the first time in public while visiting Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Saturday evening, according to several news sources.
He flew by helicopter to the hospital to meet wounded service members and doctors who are taking care of COVID-19 patients.
“When you’re in a hospital, especially … I think it’s expected to wear a mask,” he told reporters as he left the White House.
Trump wasn’t wearing a mask when he stepped off the helicopter, the Associated Press reported, but he wore a mask in the hospital hallways at the beginning of the visit.
Walter Reed requires visitors to wear face coverings. The hospital also recommends wearing a mask in public.
“Visitors are expected to wear a cloth face covering over their nose and mouth upon entering and while moving about the facility or waiting rooms and when not able to maintain 6 feet of social distancing,” according to the hospital’s website.
On April 3, the CDC issued guidelines for wearing a face covering in public to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Trump has declined to wear one during rallies, press briefings and other public events.
In May, Trump wore a mask during the private part of a tour at a Ford plant in Michigan, according to NBC News. He declined to wear it during the public part of the tour despite factory policy, the news station reported.
The president told Telemundo in an interview Friday, “I think when you're in a hospital, you should definitely wear a mask. “