The message, accompanied by a picture of the First Lady wearing a protective mask, contradicted US President Donald Trump’s comments regarding the masks. Mrs Trump said: “As the CDC continues to study the spread of the Covid-19, they’re recommending people wear cloth face coverings in public settings where social distancing measures can be difficult to maintain.”
“Remember,” she added, “this does not replace the importance of social distancing.”
The number of coronavirus cases and deaths in the US has exploded over the past couple of weeks.
Mr Trump had a very different approach to the social distancing guidelines.
During televised news briefings the US President told media outlets he would not wear a mask unless he thought it was necessary.
Melania Trump has taken to Twitter to urge Americans to wear face masks
According to White House officials anyone who comes into contact with Mr Trump must undergo testing for the virus, including reporters in the White House briefing room.
On Friday Mr Trump told reporters: “I don’t know, somehow sitting in the Oval Office behind that beautiful Resolute Desk.
“I think wearing a face mask as I greet presidents, prime ministers, dictators, kings, queens, I don’t know. Somehow, I don’t see it for myself. I just — I just don’t.
“Maybe I’ll change my mind, but this will pass, and hopefully it’ll pass very quickly.”
Mr Trump had a very different approach to the social distancing guidelines
The President’s approach to wearing protective equipment differed to the First Lady’s latest addresses on the subject, but it is not the first time they contradict each other’s message.
In August 2017, Mrs Trump took the initiative to denounce the killing of a woman at the hands of a white supremacist in Charlottesville, Va.
In a tweet she said: “Our country encourages freedom of speech, but let’s communicate w/o hate in our hearts,
“No good comes from violence.”
Mr Trump, on the other hand, came under fire for shifting the blame for the violence onto “both sides” of the protest that erupted before the crime happened.
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The First Lady’s anti-bullying program focuses on promoting healthy online interactions among children.
On the other side of the coin, the US President has dedicated part of his online presence to undermining Democrats and political opponents.
In December, when Mr Tump appeared to 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg, the First lady remained silent.
According to Stephanie Grisham, the White House press secretary at the time, the couple “often communicate differently.”
Climate activist Greta Thunberg
While she has been criticised for failing to take action in the coronavirus crisis, an administration official close to Mrs Trump said that she was waiting until official government guidance was out to start voicing her advise and warnings on social media.
Ms. Grisham, who is leaving her post as White House press secretary to re-join Mrs Trump’s East Wing as chief of staff, said in a statement: “Mrs. Trump understands and recognizes the people of this country feel uncertain right now, and wants to do all she can to educate families and children about the importance of social distancing and proper hygiene,
“She is being briefed daily and always evaluating how best she can be of service to the country during this difficult time.”
Published at Sat, 11 Apr 2020 00:12:00 +0000