NY Gov Andrew Cuomo appeared to troll Donald Trump by photoshopping a mask on the President’s face.
During his daily coronavirus press briefing on Monday, Cuomo included an image of Trump wearing a face covering with the message “Put A Mask On It.”
Explaining the reasoning behind the photo, Cuomo said the Feds needed to mandate masks as COVID-19 surged in at least 32 states.
Initially, a picture of Trump appeared on the screen without a face covering before a mask was superimposed on his face.
“It’s the leadership [that’s needed] to stand up and tell the American people [to wear a mask,” Cuomo told reporters. “Sign an executive order saying ‘wear a mask.’”
Cuomo’s appeal to the President comes after Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, said on Sunday that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention should mandate it to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
She said the CDC recommended using them, but claimed it was never enforced because health officials didn’t want to “offend” President Donald Trump.
Trump has avoided wearing masks and recently said during an interview that he thinks they are problematic.
Pelosi said on ABC News: “The president should be an example. Real men wear masks, be an example to the country, wear a mask.”
“It’s not about protecting yourself, it’s about protecting others.”
Pelosi previously said it was “cowardly” of Trump not to wear a mask and set an example for the rest of the country to follow.
Masks have become a heated political issue as some believe enforcing them to wear a mask is infringing upon their constitutional rights.
But health experts have said wearing a mask helps stop the spread of coronavirus.
The CDC “recommends that people wear cloth face coverings in public settings when around people outside of their household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.”
“Cloth face coverings are most likely to reduce the spread of COVID-19 when they are widely used by people in public settings.”
Masks shouldn’t be worn by kids under two years ago, or by anyone “who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.”
Trump said last month that he refuses to wear a mask in public, in front of cameras.
“I didn’t want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it,” Trump said around the time of his visit to a Ford plant in Michigan, where he was required to wear a mask.
More recently, Trump described face masks — which health experts have said help prevent the spread of coronavirus — as a “double-edged sword.”
“People touch them. And they grab them and I see it all the time. They come in, they take the mask,” he told The Wall Street Journal earlier in June.
“Now they’re holding it now in their fingers. And they drop it on the desk and then they touch their eye and they touch their nose.”
Biden, who’s set to run against Trump in November as the president seeks re-election, said on Thursday that if elected, he’d do “everything possible” to enforce everyone to wear face masks during the pandemic.
“The one thing we do know, these masks make a gigantic difference. I would insist that everybody in public be wearing that mask,” Biden said.