WASHINGTON. Former vice president Joe Biden said Thursday in a television interview that he would need to wear face masks in public places to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
To the question CBS KDKA’s Pittsburgh affiliate, which he will do to help stop the surge of coronavirus cases, Biden said, “will return to making sure everyone has masks.”
“The only thing we know is that these masks are of great importance,” Biden said. “I would insist that everyone in public wear this mask.”
When asked if he would use federal authority to demand wearing masks, Biden replied: “Yes, I would. In terms of leadership, yes, I would. ”
“I would do my best for people to demand wearing masks publicly,” he added.
Biden and Trump hit face masks differently, while coronavirus cases continue to rise and the United States reaches new entries for everyday business.
Trump called masks a “double-edged sword” in interview from the Wall Street Journal last week and retweeted posts ridiculing Biden for wearing it.
Over the past week, the president held large rallies in which thousands of people filled the premises, many of which did not wear face masks. Biden told KDKA that he would not hold private meetings such as Trump unless he was sure that the virus was under control or a vaccine was available.
The former vice president also encouraged wearing a mask during his speeches in Lancaster, PA on Thursday, where he condemned Trump’s appeal to the coronavirus pandemic.
“We will have to wear masks. And I, Americans, know that this is not what we are used to. But this is important, ”he said.
This article originally appeared in the USA TODAY: Coronavirus: Joe Biden says he will need facial masks, Trump slams