'Wear a mask!' Republicans split with Trump as virus cases surge

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell R-Ky. listens to questions during a news conference following a GOP policy meeting on Capitol Hill Tuesday

'Wear a mask!': Republicans change tune as Covid-19 cases surge in the US

Some Republicans in Congress have held off on wearing masks. "It is about protecting everyone we encounter".

Throughout the country, resistance to public health measures has taken on a partisan tinge.

Trump eschews wearing a mask in public, while his Democratic opponent in November, Joe Biden, generally wears one.

"The governors have a big responsibility here, but every American has a responsibility". They should wear a mask,"said the top Republican in the House of Representatives".

"Unfortunately, this simple life-saving practice has become part of the political debate that says this: if you're for Trump, you don't wear a mask".

Republican Senator Tim Scott of SC, where cases are spiking, posted a similar message on Twitter.

"COVID-19 can be transmitted quickly and easily-even by people who aren't experiencing symptoms".

The city of Jacksonville, Florida, where Trump is expected to accept the Republican presidential nomination in August, adopted a mandatory mask requirement for public and indoor locations on Monday.

Vice President Mike Pence encouraged Americans to wear masks during a visit to Texas on Sunday.

In April, Trump said he could not picture himself in a mask while greeting "presidents, prime ministers, dictators, kings, queens".

Officials say COVID-19 spreads mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. "MAGA should now stand for 'Masks are great again'".

Well over a dozen states and Washington, DC, have mandated mask-wearing in public spaces, and polling has repeatedly shown a strong majority of Americans support wearing face-coverings to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

"At 5 pm today, the city of Jacksonville will be adopting a mandatory mask requirement for public and indoor locations, and in other situations where individuals can not socially distance", the city government said in a statement.

During the event, Pence was questioned about why President Donald Trump still refuses to wear a mask when Pence has decided that it's clearly important to do so even if he's getting tested. "I don't see any downside to the president wearing a mask in public", Doocy said while interviewing Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel.

"The president has plenty of admirers", Alexander said. "Now they're doing a 180.let the president have the same sense and do that as an executive order". The Chinese Consulate General in NY donated 5,000 masks to the Jermaine L. Green STEM Institute of Queens, a primary school with some 500 students, many of whom are from minority groups. "Kaine is either a cowboy or a bandit - I'm never sure which", Alexander said. "Around here, senators and staff wear masks because we don't want to make each other sick".

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