WASHINGTON – President Donald ’s top health advisers – Anthony Fauci and Deborah Birx – showed up at a White House event Friday with protective masks, though the president himself continued to spurn any kind of face covering.
Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was one of three health officials who signed a statement this week saying they would wear masks and take other precautions during White House events.
The president has steadfastly refused to wear a mask in recent weeks, despite new White House guidelines that require those around them to do so.
President Donald speaks about the coronavirus in the Rose Garden of the White House on Friday. Behind him are Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, right, and White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx.
“There are different procedures as it relates to interacting with the president,” Ivanka told USA TODAY on Thursday when asked about criticism her father has received for declining to wear a mask in public.
The president “is tested on a daily basis – all those who come into contact with him are tested on a daily basis,” she said in an interview. “No one is in close proximity to him that isn’t wearing a mask.”
Critics say ’s refusal to don a mask is setting a bad example at best and endangering others at worst. The president even rejected a face covering when he toured a mask production facility last week in Arizona.
also went bare faced when he toured a medical equipment factory Thursday in Allentown, Pennsylvania. After he arrived in Pennsylvania, the state’s Democratic governor, Tom Wolf, took a shot at the president over the mask issue.
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Most visitors to the White House wear masks these days.
Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control, and Steve Hahn, the Commissioner of Food and Drugs, signed the statement along with Fauci pledging to wear masks and take other protective steps when entering the executive mansion.
The mask rule is not mandatory for department heads who do not work at the White House.
During the White House vaccine events, two high-ranking officials – Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar – also did not wear face coverings.