Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House’s coronavirus task force response coordinator, reiterated the importance of wearing masks on Sunday while also suggesting that President Trump hasn’t done so because he’s able to socially distance in most situations.
“There’s clear scientific evidence now by all the droplet experiments that happened and that others have done to show that a mask does prevent droplets from reaching others,” Birx said of measures to protect against spreading the novel coronavirus infection during an interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace.
“Out of respect for each other, as Americans that care for each other, we need to be wearing masks in public when we cannot social distance,” she said. “It’s really critically important.”
Wallace then asked Birx whether she wished Trump, “both from a safety point of view and from a public messaging point of view,” would wear a mask in public.
Birx didn’t answer Wallace’s question directly, saying instead that Trump did wear a mask on one occasion while traveling last week, though she didn’t specify which trip she was referencing.