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Melania Trump posts video of herself wearing mask during stop at women's center

First lady Melania Trump posted a video of herself wearing a mask on Sunday during her visit to a women's center in D.C.

The video shows the first lady displaying a white mask during her visit to The Mary Elizabeth House while she interacts with mothers and children. It's the first public footage of the first lady wearing a face covering in several weeks. 

"It was a pleasure to spend time with the staff, mothers & children at The Mary Elizabeth House, a place that helps strengthen families & provides life skills, counseling & educational resources to help vulnerable single women & their children," Trump wrote in a tweet with the video.

Trump made an unannounced visit to the women's ministry last Thursday to deliver donated boxed lunches prepared by White House chefs, "Be Best" tote bags and other items, according to a White House release from that day.

The first lady's spokesperson Stephanie Grisham said that members of Trump's staff that were present also wore masks during their visit to the women's center.

The first lady first encouraged Americans to wear a face covering to prevent the transmission of coronavirus in early April with a photo of herself wearing a mask. 

President Trump wore a face mask for the first time publicly on Saturday during his visit to wounded veterans at Walter Reed in Bethesda, Md. 

Previously, he had been photographed wearing a mask at a Ford factory in Michigan in May after telling reporters he wore one in the "back area" but he "didn't want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends Americans wear masks in public spaces, particularly when social distancing is not possible.

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