The CDC recommends it, but the president mocks it. President Trump on Monday shared a tweet making fun of Joe Biden for wearing a mask in public — a step to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus that the president has not followed.

Mr. Trump shared a tweet from Fox News political analyst Brit Hume showing a picture of Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, wearing sunglasses and a black mask that covered much of his face at a Memorial Day ceremony. “This might help explain why Trump doesn’t like to wear a mask in public,” Hume wrote.

This might help explain why Trump doesn’t like to wear a mask in public. Biden today. pic.twitter.com/9l1gw1ljBE

Biden wore the mask as he and his wife Jill laid a wreath at the Delaware Memorial Bridge in Wilmington. He kept it on as he told reporters his message to the country on Memorial Day: “Never forget the sacrifices that these men and women made. Never, ever, forget.”

.@JoeBiden: “Never forget the sacrifices that these men and women made. Never, ever, ever forget.” pic.twitter.com/Qavs5EVCfx

It was Biden’s first public appearance in two months, as he has been campaigning virtually from his home in Wilmington during the pandemic. Biden’s wife and members of his staff were also seen wearing masks.

Mr. Trump, meanwhile, has not worn a mask during White House events and public appearances, including his own Memorial Day wreath laying at Arlington National Cemetery. 

He put one on during part of his trip last week to a Ford plan in Michigan, which requires all visitors to wear personal protective equipment, but he didn’t wear it during a roundtable discussion and his appearances before the media. The president said he “didn’t want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it.”

Nonetheless, a photo of Mr. Trump in a mask emerged from the visit.

Photo surfaces of Trump wearing mask at Ford plant https://t.co/MT8QoT7n37 pic.twitter.com/QjKIGnUc2L

Mr. Trump’s refusal contradicts the CDC’s recommendation that all Americans wear masks in public to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Many governors nationwide have suggested or mandated that all citizens wear masks in public when they cannot social distance. Even in the White House, West Wing staffers were directed to wear masks when they aren’t at their desks. 

Biden’s campaign hit back at Mr. Trump for his taunt.

“Presidents lead by example, and wearing a mask helps protect others,” Biden spokesman TJ Ducklo said in a statement to the Washington Post. “Donald Trump should try it, because his failure to act early on producing [personal protective equipment], on ramping up testing, and implementing a coherent national response to this crisis has cost thousands of Americans their lives.”

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