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'I don’t see any downside': Fox & Friends host encourages Trump to wear a mask

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Fox & Friends host Steve Doocy urged President Trump to wear a mask to set a positive example for the rest of the country.

Doocy made the statement in two separate interviews on the show on Tuesday morning, questioning both Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy about why the president doesn't don a facial covering.

"People are saying, 'You know, I wish the president would put on a mask every once in a while just because it would make him look as if he is taking it seriously and is listening to the CDC because they have made it very clear,' and I know he is tested all the time, but the masks work," he said to McDaniel, who said that "the president has worn a mask" before summarizing the White House's response to the coronavirus pandemic.

"More states every day are mandating people, their citizens, to wear masks, and I think that if the president wore one, it would just set a good example. He would be a good role model. I don’t see any downside to the president wearing a mask in public," Doocy said. "MAGA should now stand for 'Masks are great again.'"

Trump has often not worn a mask in public and has come under scrutiny by other public officials and the media for his decision not to wear one. The White House has, in a defense of the president, emphasized that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines on masks are recommendations and not mandatory.

The host then brought the same topic up in a later interview with McCarthy.

The president "made it clear he doesn’t want to wear a mask, but his federal government says everybody should wear a mask," Doocy said. "Don’t you think it'd be a powerful symbol if the president of the United States would put on a mask and understand what so many people around the country are doing to try to slow down the spread of this thing?"

McCarthy, like McDaniel, said that the president has worn a mask "at times" before tying mask-wearing into a way to help the economy.

"I’ve known the president to have worn masks at times as he goes forward," he said. "I do think ... with the more information we have [and] knowledge today, wearing the mask is the best opportunity for us to keep this economy open."

"I just don’t see any downside in the president being seen more often wearing it. It’s symbolic, obviously. It’s patriotic because you’re not only protecting yourself, you’re protecting other people," he added. "I’ve heard that there are people around the president who say, 'Now, you shouldn’t wear it,' but nonetheless, it would be a powerful symbol."

McCarthy agreed and presented the idea of wearing patriotic masks on the Fourth of July.

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