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Donald Trump defies his own advice to wear a mask going bare faced to Trump hotel fundraiser

President Donald Trump refused to wear a mask during a non-socially distanced fundraiser at his Washington D.C. hotel Monday evening just hours after he recommended, for the first time since the start of the pandemic, that Americans wear face coverings in public.

Video emerged late Monday night of the president walking through Trump International Hotel, which is less than a mile from the White House, as he participated in a roundtable with supporters of a joint fundraising committee.

Also in tow, not adhering to D.C. masks guidelines, were Republican South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and the president’s personal attorney and former Mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani.

The video specifically showed a moment the president, and his entourage, stopped to speak with Madison Cawthorn, the 24-year-old who won the Republican primary for Meadows’ seat in North Carolina’s 11th district, which he vacated when he joined the administration.

The president made an introduction between Cawthron and Giuliani, who had a black mask pulled below his chin during the interaction and jokingly said ‘Don’t touch me’ when the candidate approached him for a handshake. 

Captured on camera: Donald Trump made a mask-less visit to his Washington D.C. hotel for a fundraiser Monday evening with lawmakers, administration officials and other allies

'Don't touch me': Trump introduced 24-year-old Madison Cawthorn (center in blue), who is running for Congress in North Carolina, to his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani who had his mask pulled below his chin and jokingly said 'Don't touch me' as Cawthorn approached him for a handshake

‘Don’t touch me’: Trump introduced 24-year-old Madison Cawthorn (center in blue), who is running for Congress in North Carolina, to his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani who had his mask pulled below his chin and jokingly said ‘Don’t touch me’ as Cawthorn approached him for a handshake 

Cawthorn also spoke with Trump’s Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, who did not wear a mask during the trip, and who’s seat the candidate is running for after Meadow’s stepped down to join the administration

South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham (speaking with Cawthorn) was also in tow at the fundraiser, not wearing a mask

South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham (speaking with Cawthorn) was also in tow at the fundraiser, not wearing a mask

When Surgeon General Jerome Adams was asked about the mask-less trip, he deflected: 'I'm a physician not a political pundit.' But he conceded he is 'pleased' the president had worn a face covering in public last week

When Surgeon General Jerome Adams was asked about the mask-less trip, he deflected: ‘I’m a physician not a political pundit.’ But he conceded he is ‘pleased’ the president had worn a face covering in public last week

‘He won in North Carolina,’ Trump told Giuliani of Cawthorn, who is wheel-chair bound following a 2014 car accident that left him partially paralyzed. ‘He’s a great guy.’  

Surgeon General Jerome Adams said he is ‘pleased’ that Trump has worn a masks, but would not comment on the president’s violation of city mandates Monday night.

‘I’m a physician not a political pundit,’ Adams, the leading spokesman on public health in the federal government and member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, told CBS This Morning on Tuesday morning.

‘It doesn’t do me any good to get back and forth about the president,’ he continued. ‘What I can tell you is that I’m very pleased that he actually is now wearing a face covering.’

The mask-less trip came the same day Trump finally encouraged the public to wear face coverings to prevent the spread of coronavirus, claiming the act of wearing one is ‘patriotic.’

‘We are United in our effort to defeat the Invisible China Virus, and many people say that it is Patriotic to wear a face mask when you can’t socially distance,’ Trump wrote on Twitter Monday afternoon.

‘There is nobody more Patriotic than me, your favorite President!’ he continues, including a photo of him wearing a mask from his visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center earlier this month.

His trip to visit wounded troops marked the first and only time Trump allowed photographs to be taken of him donning any sort of face covering since the start of the pandemic in March. 

The non-socially distanced, mask-less visit to Trump Hotel came as the president suggested Monday it's 'Patriotic to wear a face mask when you can't socially distance.' 'There is nobody more Patriotic than me, your favorite President,' Trump added

The non-socially distanced, mask-less visit to Trump Hotel came as the president suggested Monday it’s ‘Patriotic to wear a face mask when you can’t socially distance.’ ‘There is nobody more Patriotic than me, your favorite President,’ Trump added

Trump allowed cameras to capture him wearing a mask for the first time during a July 12 trip to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. The president make the weekend trip to visit wounded troops

Trump allowed cameras to capture him wearing a mask for the first time during a July 12 trip to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. The president make the weekend trip to visit wounded troops 

As of Tuesday morning, the number of confirmed cases is more than 3.8 million, much more than any other country has reported, and the death toll is nearing 141,000

As of Tuesday morning, the number of confirmed cases is more than 3.8 million, much more than any other country has reported, and the death toll is nearing 141,000

How Trump mocked Biden for wearing a mask – while Melania and Ivanka wore them 

Until his recent change of tune, Trump had long resisted calls to wear a mask in public and even mocked his Democratic rival Joe Biden for wearing one in May. 

After Biden wore a mask at a Memorial Day event, Trump retweeted a post by Fox News analyst Brit Hume which made fun of how Biden looked and said ‘this might help explain why Trump doesn’t like to wear a mask in public’. 

Asked about the tweet, Trump said it was ‘very unusual’ to wear a mask outside and accused a reporter of trying to be ‘politically correct’ by wearing one himself.  

Biden called Trump a ‘fool’ in response, saying in an interview with CNN that ‘this macho stuff’ was costing lives. 

Trump previously said he ‘did not want to give the press the pleasure’ of seeing him with a mask, while saying he had worn one away from the cameras. 

Melania Trump, by contrast, had let Americans see her in a face mask as long ago as April while urging people to take the health regulations ‘seriously’. 

‘As the CDC studies the spread of Covid-19, they recommend people wear cloth face coverings in public settings when social distancing can be hard to do,’ Melania said on April 9 alongside a photo of herself in a mask.

A nearly identical message from the first lady was shared on the official White House YouTube channel the same day. 

Only days earlier, Donald Trump had said he could not see himself greeting ‘presidents, prime ministers, dictators, kings, queens’ while wearing a mask. 

The president’s daughter Ivanka Trump also urged people to follow CDC guidance on April 13, sharing a photo of herself and her daughter Arabella wearing home-made face coverings. 

Ivanka was seen wearing a mask in public as long ago as May, and her use of face coverings has exposed her to criticism from Trump supporters. 

He did, however, also briefly wear a mask during a tour of a Ford Motor Co. plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan in late May – but he did not allow reporters or photographers to capture the moment.

‘I didn’t want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it,’ Trump said.

Photos soon leaked of Trump wearing the mask.

The president’s tweet suggesting Americans wear masks and his maskless trip to his D.C. hotel came nearly four months after Trump insisted mask-wearing was not for him.

It also followed an interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace that aired Sunday morning where the president asserted he would not issue a federal-level mandate for people to wear masks, claiming he wanted Americans to keep their freedoms.

On April 3, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention put out an updated advisory on coronavirus transmission recommending that Americans wear masks.

The president said he wasn’t interested. 

‘Well, I just don’t want to wear one myself,’ he said at the time.  

‘I just don’t want to be doing – I don’t know, somehow sitting in the Oval Office  behind the 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, don’t see it for myself,’ Trump continued. ‘I just – I just don’t. Maybe I’ll change my mind, but this will pass and hopefully it’ll pass very quickly.’  

Health officials had originally not wanted to recommend widespread mask-wearing for fear Americans would buy up N95 masks that were desperately needed for healthcare workers and first responders.  

This led to confusion, which was furthered by the administration sending mixed messages about masks. 

Vice President Mike Pence took heat when he showed up to the Mayo Clinic in early May sans mask. 

He remedied the situation by wearing one the next time he traveled out of D.C. 

Around the same time, Trump went to a Honeywell plant in Arizona – which was making masks – and refused to put one on. 

At recent Trump campaign events, organizers haven’t mandated mask-wearing.  

Behind-the-scenes, the Associated Press reported, Trump worried he’d look ridiculous in a mask and feared it would be used against him in political ads. 

He told aides in early May that it would ‘send the wrong message.’ 

‘It’s a vanity thing, I guess, with him,’ House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said of Trump’s position to go bare-faced. 

‘You’d think, as the president of the United States, you would have the confidence to honor the guidance he’s giving the country.’ 

Donald Trump retweeted a post mocking Joe Biden for wearing a face mask at Memorial Day commemorations while the president refused to don one at a ceremony in Virginia

Donald Trump retweeted a post mocking Joe Biden for wearing a face mask at Memorial Day commemorations while the president refused to don one at a ceremony in Virginia

Ivanka Trump, pictured yesterday wearing a mask as she distributes food as part of the Farmers to Families program in Washington, has encouraged the use of masks since April

Ivanka Trump, pictured yesterday wearing a mask as she distributes food as part of the Farmers to Families program in Washington, has encouraged the use of masks since April 

Melania Trump had let Americans see her in a face mask as long ago as April while urging people to take the health regulations 'seriously'.

Melania Trump had let Americans see her in a face mask as long ago as April while urging people to take the health regulations ‘seriously’. 

After Democratic challenger Biden wore a mask at a Memorial Day event, Trump retweeted a post by Fox News analyst Brit Hume which made fun of how Biden looked. 

The caption to Hume’s post said: ‘This might help explain why Trump doesn’t like to wear a mask in public’. 

Asked about the tweet, Trump said it was ‘very unusual’ to wear a mask outside and accused a reporter of trying to be ‘politically correct’ by wearing a mask himself.  

Biden called Trump a ‘fool’ in response, saying in an interview with CNN that ‘this macho stuff’ was costing lives. 

Trump announced Monday that he would bring back the daily White House Coronavirus Task Force briefings, which ceased weeks ago and the president stopped attending in April after suggesting people ingest or inject Lysol or bleach to treat the virus.

He said they would resume around 5:00 p.m. every day, like previously, claiming it was a good time slot and that there was a large viewership.

When Adams was asked if Drs. Deborah Birx or Anthony Fauci would be returning to the briefings, the Surgeon General said the White House is ‘still figuring that out.’

‘I know that as they resume we will be there in our different roles,’ he added.

More recently, however, some Capitol Hill Republicans have been pleading with Trump to set a good example and put on a mask as coronavirus cases around the country continue to soar.   

They’ve even taken their plight public.  

‘We must have no stigma – none – about wearing masks when we leave our homes and come near other people,’ Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on the Senate floor late last month. ‘Wearing simple face coverings is not about protecting ourselves, it is about protecting everyone we encounter.’

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