Biden calls for national mask mandate, Trump says stop playing politics
On Thursday, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden again called for a national mask mandate. He called on governors to require masks in all states for the next three months to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
“Every single American should be wearing a mask when they’re outside for the next three months, at a minimum,” Biden said. “Wearing the mask is less about you contracting the virus. It’s about preventing other people from getting sick.”
Biden shared estimates that a mask mandate would save more than 40,000 lives over that three-month period.
President Donald Trump responded to Biden’s call for a mask mandate by saying the former vice president was attempting to politicize the pandemic.
“At every turn, Biden has been wrong about the virus, ignoring the scientific evidence and putting left-wing politics before facts,” Trump said. “Sleepy Joe opposed both the China and Europe travel bans. He opposed the China travel ban that I instituted very early and the Europe ban I instituted quite early.”
Trump said Biden refuses to acknowledge the policies his administration has put into place that have proved effective at fighting the virus such as early travel bans and social distancing guidance.
The president said that Americans need to be trusted to do the right thing and that decisions on requiring masks should be left up to the states.
“All Americans must have their freedoms. I trust the American people and their governors very much,” Trump said. “Joe doesn’t know too much.”
Newly named Democratic vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris went after Trump on Twitter saying that the president has not been listening to the advice of scientists.
“When other countries were following the science, Trump pushed miracle cures he saw on Fox News. Let me tell you this: when @JoeBiden is president he’ll listen to the facts. He’ll embrace science. And we will all be better for it,” Harris tweeted.
Many governors across the U.S. have already required wearing a mask while in public and major retail giants such as Wal-Mart and Target have followed suit. Although some Republican governors have signed mask mandates, the majority of them maintain that the decision should be left up to the private sector and individual Americans.
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