Washington: US President Donald Trump finally wore a face mask in public for the first time Saturday since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
The president was visiting the Walter Reed military hospital outside Washington, where he met wounded soldiers and health care workers.
Though the move was expected and had been trailed in a series of media appearances this week, it was still a noteworthy evolution for the president.
The navy blue mask with a gold presidential seal emblazoned on the side could be seen as Trump entered the hospital.
Military personnel, Secret Service agents and White House staff surrounding the president, including White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, all wore facial coverings.
In the hospital, Trump continued to wear his mask while speaking with wounded veterans, according to White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere.
The President’s decision to wear a mask during his Saturday trip to the medical center comes after months of declining to publicly wear one — against the recommendations of his own administration’s public health experts.