During Sunday's White House press briefing, reporters from mutiple outlets asked why President Trump wasn't wearing a face mask.
Vice President Pence and Dr. Fauci were also at the briefing. Neither of them were wearing masks.
But the press kept asking why the president's task force and administration would encourage Americans to wear face masks if they themselves wouldn't wear them.
Trump turned to Dr. Fauci to take the microphone.
Dr. Fauci tore into the press, explaining that the primary reason to wear face masks is to protect other people from getting the virus, especially if you're an asymptomatic carrier.
“I had a test today, and it was negative,” Fauci said.
President Trump has tested negative. So has Vice President Pence and other leaders in the administration.
Plus, none of the reporters in the room were wearing a face mask.
See the exhange as well as more details below:
Since President Trump and members of the task force have all tested negative for COVID-19, there is very little reason for them to wear face masks.
In fact, it is being reported that some members of the administration have been tested multiple times, especially if they've been in contact with someone who was later confirmed COVID positive.
The optics of face masks would also look strange and likely add to the panic if the task force gave briefings in masks.
Breitbart has more details on the questions from reporters who weren't wearing masks themselves:
Another reporter asked why the first lady recommended that Americans wear masks when they were in public.
“She feels that way,” Trump said.
“I would wear one,” he said. “Would you like me to wear one right now? That would be a little awkward, I guess. But again, I would wear one if I thought it was important.”
A couple of technicians and photographers were spotted wearing masks during the briefing but not the reporters in the briefing room chairs.
The president said he “wouldn’t be surprised” if members of his family in New York would be recommended to wear masks.
Another reporter asked Dr. Anthony Fauci why he was not wearing a mask.
Trump grinned as Fauci responded that the main reason to wear a mask was to protect sick individuals from spreading the virus.
“I had a test today, and it was negative,” Fauci said shortly.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommended Saturday that all Americans to wear masks in public to help further mitigate the virus from spreading.
One reason Americans might decide to wear a face mask is to remind themselves not to touch their face, especially when they are grocery shopping.
However, many social media users found it odd that reporters kept focusing on this question, since there are more pressing issues surrounding the pandemic.
This is predicted to be the peak of the pandemic in New York, for example, yet there were multiple questions subtly criticizing Trump for not wearing a face mask.
The reality is that social distancing is still the safest strategy to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The White House is taking all precautions necessary to minimize or eliminate unnecessary risk to the president and the administration.
Even prior to the pandemic, President Trump was a known germaphobe who used hand sanitizer multiple times a day.
It is not difficult to imagine that stringent hygiene policies have been implemented to protect the White House.
Fox News reports that while President Trump will not be wearing a face mask, Joe Biden will:
The president – in announcing that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended Americans wear facial coverings made of cloth while out in public to help stop the spread of the coronavirus pandemic – repeatedly called the recommendation “voluntary” and said he wouldn’t be wearing a mask himself.
"You don't have to do it," the president said on Friday. "I'm choosing not to do it, but some people may want to do it and that's OK. It may be good. Probably will."
Asked why he wouldn’t wear a mask, Trump explained: "I just don't want to be doing [that], somehow sitting in the Oval Office behind that beautiful resolute desk, the great Resolute Desk."
"I think wearing a face mask as I greet presidents, prime ministers, dictators, kings, queens, I don't know somehow I don't see it for myself. I just don't. Maybe I'll change my mind,” the president added.
Biden, the former vice president and likely Democratic presidential nominee, said he would wear a mask in public when asked during an interview on ABC’s “This Week.”
"Yes. Look, I think it's important to follow the science, listen to the experts, do what they tell you," Biden said on Sunday.
Well, the science says that social distancing is the best way to protect yourself from COVID-19.
The presidency has been described as the "most lonely" job on the planet.
The president is often isolated literally and symbolically.
There are many doctors in the administration, including Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx who are undoubtedly implementing protocols to keep the president and his staff safe.