US Republicans begin to break ranks with Trump on face mask issue

  • US Republicans begin to break ranks with Trump on face mask issue

US Republicans begin to break ranks with Trump on face mask issue

"Wearing a mask is one of the best ways we can protect our vulnerable neighbors". Guess what? They wore masks.

Republican Senator Tim Scott of SC also tweeted Monday that he encouraged everyone to wear a mask.

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) on Tuesday doubled down on his call for everyone, including President Trump, to wear a mask to reduce the spread of COVID-19, during a Senate coronavirus hearing.

On June 12, the Centres for Disease Control and Infection urged organisers of large gatherings to wear face mask as the George Floyd protests spread nationwide.

The city of Jacksonville, Florida, where Trump is expected to accept the Republican presidential nomination in August, adopted a mandatory mask requirement for public and indoor locations on Monday.

Or how he refused to wear a mask in front of the press because he said he didn't want to "give them the pleasure of seeing it," which only reinforces the idea that this is an issue of egos, not public health.

Hong Kong, with 7.5 million people, is a densely populated place that experienced huge numbers of travelers from mainland China, where Covid-19 originated, before border restrictions were put in place on 30 January.

Vice President Mike Pence praised the work Texas's Republican Gov. Greg Abbot is doing to combat the coronavirus.

The top Republican in the House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, said every American has a responsibility to follow the recommendations of United States health officials to wear masks and socially distance themselves to help slow the spread of infection.

"At 5 pm today, the city of Jacksonville will be adopting a mandatory mask requirement for public and indoor locations, and in other situations where individuals can not socially distance", the city government said in a statement.

In a rare split with mask-averse President Donald Trump, fellow Republican leaders are making a public push for face coverings as COVID-19 cases surge in some Republican-leaning states.

McCarthy, like McDaniel, said that the president has worn a mask "at times" before tying mask-wearing into a way to help the economy.

Cuomo's state again received donations of face masks from China on Monday.

"As a diplomat living in New York, I feel this is my privilege and also an obligation to join hands with everybody here to fight this pandemic, shoulder by shoulder", said Chinese Consul General in New York Huang Ping at a virtual handover ceremony. Marco Rubio of Florida said last week.

In the U.S., the CDC initially advised healthy people against wearing a mask, a stance driven by concerns over shortages of the N95 respirators.