President Trump said in a statement on Tuesday that Americans have learned how to live safely and responsibly when it comes to COVID-19, referring to the Biden White House’s push for another round of mask mandates.
“We won’t go back. We won’t mask our children. Joe Biden and his Administration learned nothing from the last year. Brave Americans learned how to safely and responsibly live and fight back. Don’t surrender to COVID. Don’t go back,” said Trump.
He finished his statement by saying, “Why do Democrats distrust the science? Don’t let this happen to our children or our Country.”
President Trump voiced his opinion on the possible resurgence of mask mandates after the CDC issued new guidance on Tuesday recommending that both vaccinated and unvaccinated Americans wear masks indoors. The White House has already reinstated the mask requirement, only two months after it was lifted for vaccinated staff.
Capitol Physician Brian Monahan on Tuesday sent out an alert announcing that the House would also require mask-wearing again for meetings that are held in enclosed spaces.
“For the Congress, representing a collection of individuals traveling weekly from various risk areas (both high and low rates of disease transmission), all individuals should wear a well-fitted, medical-grade filtration mask (for example an ear loop surgical mask or a KN95 mask) when they are in an interior space,” Monahan wrote.
Also in Monahan’s statement, he mentioned a penalty for not complying with the new White House guidelines. “Failure to wear a mask in the hall of the House is subject to fines imposed for violation as contained in the previous House rule.”
“In the past two weeks, USA coronavirus cases have significantly increased, now approaching 100,000 cases per day,” said the physician. “The delta variant virus has been detected in Washington, DC and in the Capitol buildings. It represents a dire health risk to unvaccinated individuals and is not without some risk to the vaccinated individuals or their unvaccinated household contacts.”
New mask mandates face steep opposition from many GOP leaders and have even been banned in many Republican-led states. Laws have been passed restricting state and local governments from imposing mask orders in Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, Iowa, Montana, and North Dakota.