During Donald Trump’s interview with The Wall Street Journal, he claimed that some Americans are wearing protective masks as a symbol of disapproval against him and not because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Trump appeared to be against the idea of wearing masks to help slow down the spreading of the virus.
He also told The Journal that his issue with masks was that people sometimes touch them, increasing the risk of infection.
“They put their finger on the mask, and they take them off, and then they start touching their eyes and touching their nose and their mouth,” the president said. “And then they don’t know how they caught it?”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends “wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.”
Trump also claimed during the interview that COVID-19 testing is “overrated.”
Trump said he thought that “testing is overrated,” adding, “I created the greatest testing machine in history.”