House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday that the federal mandate to wear masks was “long overdue,” as state governors are calling for consistent nationwide reporting on the issue amid growing cases of coronavirus nationwide.
Pelosi said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended using masks to reduce the spread of the virus, but never ordered him not to “offend” President Donald Trump.
The president has repeatedly ignored public health guidelines, refusing to wear a mask in public since the outbreak.
“The president should be an example. Real men wear masks, are an example for the country, wear masks, ”Pelosi told ABC“ This Week. ” “This is not about protecting yourself, but about protecting others.”
Wearing masks has become a subject of controversy in the United States, despite studies showing that facial coatings prevent the transmission of coronavirus.
According to Johns Hopkins University, the number of cases of coronavirus in the United States grew by more than 45,000 in one day on Friday, which was a record surge in which the total number of cases in the country exceeded 2.5 million.
Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday dismissed a federal mandate requiring Americans to wear masks and said people should listen to what state and local officials say about wearing masks in public.
The vice president said in an interview with CBS “Face the Nation” that “each state has a unique situation” and “we believe that people should wear masks where social distance is not possible.”
When asked whether the president and vice president should do more to show an example of wearing masks, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, a Republican, said on Sunday that there should be a “consistent national signal” about wearing masks.
“You can have two messages at once. Your message is, let’s grow our economy, but also let’s talk about social distance, protecting ourselves and others from the virus, ”Hutchinson said in an interview with ABC this week. ”
In Arkansas, as well as in a dozen other states, there has been a significant increase in the number of new cases of coronavirus in recent days, with a seven-day average increase of 36%.
Democratic candidate Joe Biden said he would need to use the masks publicly if elected. The CDC currently recommends that people wear face masks in public places where social distance is difficult to maintain, and some states and local communities require masks.
On Sunday, Washington Governor Jay Insley criticized the president for his “bad” tweets and his inability to give Americans a “health message” to help control the pandemic.
“Instead of writing the other day about the importance of masks, he wrote about the monuments,” Insley said in an interview with CBS “Face the Nation”. “Now we need a president who will take more care of living Americans, not dead confederates. This has a huge impact. ”
“And if we can get everyone who wears a MAGA hat to wear a mask, we are going to tame this virus because this disguise is very, very effective,” Insley added.