Trump's ABC News town hall: Trump responds to a question on a national mask mandate

The president said, "I do wear them when I have to ... a lot of people don’t want to wear masks. There are a lot of people who think that masks are not good."
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susceptible. Especially if they have heart problems. We have Julie here from gibsonia, you voted for Hillary Clinton last time, I believe? Yes, I did. The wearing of masks has proven to lessen the spread of covid. Why don't you support a mandate for national mask wearing and why don't you wear a mask more often? Well, I do wear them when I have to and when I'm in hospitals and other locations, but I will say this, they said at the Democrat convention they're going to do a national mandate, they never did it, because they've checked out and they didn't do it. And a good question is, you ask, like Joe Biden, they said, we're going to do a national mandate on masks. He's called on all governors to have them, it is a state responsibility. He didn't do it. He never did it. Now, there is, by the way, a lot of people don't want to wear masks. There are a lot of people that think the masks are not good and there are a lot of people, as an example -- Who are those people? I'll tell you who those people are. Waiters. They come over and serve you and they have a mask. I saw it the other day, when they were serving me and playing with a mask, I'm not blaming them, I'm just saying what happens. They're playing with the mask so the mask is over and they're touching it and then they're touching the plate -- that can't be good. There are a lot of people -- if you look at Dr. Fauci's original statement, you look at a lot of people, CDC, you look at a lot of people's original statement, they said very strongly, George, don't wear masks. Then all of a sudden they went to wear masks. The concept of a mask is good, but it also does -- you are constantly touching it, touching your face, touching plates. There are people that don't think masks are good.

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