Donald Trump first used a coronavirus mask in public by visiting the Walter Reed military hospital in Bethesda, Maryland , a few miles from the White House. The images were broadcast on US television. Previously, the president had used the mask while visiting a factory but in a private area, although photos and videos had also arrived.
"I think it's a great thing to use the mask when you're in a hospital, when you're talking to a lot of soldiers and people who in some cases have just come out of the operating room," Trump had said before entering Walter Reed. "I've never been against masks, I think we need to evaluate time and place".