Pelosi: Trump not wearing a mask is 'cowardly'

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Justices rule Manhattan prosecutor, but not Congress, can have Trump tax records Supreme Court rulings reignite Trump oversight wars in Congress Pelosi on Baltimore's Columbus statue: 'If the community doesn't want the statue, the statue shouldn't be there' MORE (D-Calif.) accused President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats blast Trump for commuting Roger Stone: 'The most corrupt president in history' Trump confirms 2018 US cyberattack on Russian troll farm Trump tweets his support for Goya Foods amid boycott MORE of being “cowardly” for not wearing a mask amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and said she would support a policy to make wearing the face coverings mandatory in public. 

"I totally agree with Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump commutes Roger Stone's sentence Hillicon Valley: Facebook considers political ad ban | Senators raise concerns over civil rights audit | Amazon reverses on telling workers to delete TikTok House Democrat warns about 'inaccurate' polls: Trump voters 'fundamentally undercounted' MORE. As long as we're faced with this crisis, masks should be mandatory," Pelosi said Friday on NPR's “All Things Considered,” referring to the former vice president and presumptive Democratic nominee’s remarks that he would require the use of masks in public if he’s elected president.

"In fact, the reason the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] hasn't made it mandatory is because they don't want to embarrass the president, or insult the president, whatever it is," she continued.

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Pelosi singled Trump out for not wearing a mask in public despite health guidelines from his own administration advising people to do so.

“And not wearing a mask himself as an example to the country? How cowardly is that?” she said. “It’s not about protecting yourself, it’s about protecting others.”

The speaker has gone after Trump in increasingly personal terms in recent months, calling him “morbidly obese” earlier this year, in a sign that the already tense relationship between the two has steadily deteriorated.

The remarks come after a series of high profile appearances by Trump where he did not wear masks in crowded arenas.

Health officials have renewed their calls for people to wear masks and take other precautions against the coronavirus in light of a new spike in cases across the country, with more than a dozen states seeing their worst day of coronavirus cases and deaths to date this week.

The White House coronavirus task force held its first press conference in weeks Friday, with Anthony FauciAnthony FauciDeSantis breaks with Fauci, says Florida didn't rush reopening Overnight Health Care: Coronavirus deaths rise again amid mounting outbreaks | The Trump-Fauci divide is getting more apparent | New York to deliver remdesivir to Florida after DeSantis dismisses offer for help BioNTech CEO confident vaccine will be ready for regulatory approval by end of 2020 MORE, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, urging young people to take precautions even though they are at lesser risk of dying from the illness. 

"A risk for you is not just isolated to you, because if you get infected, you are part — innocently or inadvertently — of propagating a dynamic process of the pandemic," Fauci said.