On Monday, Surgeon General Jerome Adams said he supported President Trump’s opposition to a nationwide mask-wearing mandate amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to Adams, he would rather educate Americans about mask-wearing than enforce a mandate on them.
“I would rather help people understand why they should cooperate with wearing a mask and how they benefit from it versus simply saying we are going to force you to do it, particularly sending in federal troops and using federal mechanism,” he said.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued guidelines, saying Americans should wear face-coverings in public.
On “Fox and Friends,” Adams begged viewers to cover their faces in public.
“I’m pleading with your viewers, I’m begging you, please understand that we are not trying to take away your freedoms when we say wear a face covering,” Adams said.
“We are not trying to take away your ability to go out when we say keep restaurant capacity under 50 percent. We are saying if we do these things, we can actually open and stay open,” he then stated. Addams then added, “We can get back to school, to worship, to jobs. We can do this.”
President Trump refused to wear a face mask in public for months. However, on Monday, he posted a photo of himself wearing a mask. He said: “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. There is nobody more Patriotic than me, your favorite President!”