- President Donald Trump urged former Vice President Joe Biden not to implement a national mask mandate, even though Biden is not empowered to do so.
- "They said we are going to fulfill a national mandate for masks," Trump said Tuesday night during a town hall on ABC News. "But he didn't, I mean he never did."
- Biden has previously expressed support for the universal wearing of masks, while Trump has stopped considering the idea.
- Trump defended his stance by claiming that "a lot of people don't want to wear masks".
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President Donald Trump criticized former Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday for failing to enforce a national mask mandate – but Biden as a candidate has no authority to do so.
When asked by a voter during a town hall on ABC News why he does not support wearing universal masks, Trump derived to blame his 2020 Democratic opponent for failing to do so.
"A good question is that, like Joe Biden, you said," We're going to fulfill a national mandate for masks, "Trump said on Tuesday evening," but he didn't do it, I mean he never did. "
"They said in the Democratic Assembly they were going to serve a national mandate, they never did because they checked out and they didn't," he said.
Trump was referring to a political pledge, the Biden stressed out in the past month as part of his plan to fight the pandemic, if elected. Biden has da went back to the idea at the federal level, citing possible constitutional issues, saying instead that he would encourage governors to do so and lead by example by wearing face-cover in public.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have strongly recommended the use of masks in public and around those who do not live in your household, as research shows that face covering provides protection from coronavirus transmission prevent. The nation's leading expert on infectious diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci, has also advocated the universal wearing of masks.
Trump has long flipped his stance on masks, despite having started following public health guidelines in recent months, occasionally wearing face covering in public.
Still, he has repeatedly stopped examining a federal mandate to defend people's personal choice.
Trump reiterated his position on Tuesday evening, claiming that "a lot of people don't want to wear masks".
"Who are these people?" George Stephanopoulos, chief anchor of ABC News, pushed Trump.
"I'll tell you who these people are – waiters," Trump replied. "They come over and serve you and they have a mask. And I saw it the other day when they were serving me and they play with the mask – I don't blame them, I'm just saying what happens – they play with the mask So the mask is over and they touch it. And then they touch the plate. That can't be good. "
A majority of Americans – Democrats and Republicans alike – support wearing masks and regularly do this in their daily life, according to recent public polls.