July 17, 2020 / 11:08 PM / a month ago

Trump says he will not consider a national mask mandate

U.S. President Donald Trump wears a mask while visiting Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, U.S., July 11, 2020. REUTERS/Tasos Katopodis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said he would not consider a national mandate requiring people to wear masks to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

Asked in an interview on Fox News to be broadcast on Sunday if he would consider a mandate, Trump said: “No, I want people to have a certain freedom, and I don’t believe in that.”

Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Mohammad Zargham

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