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House Democrat who's a physician calls on Trump to 'man up' and wear mask

House Democrat who's a physician calls on Trump to 'man up' and wear mask
© Greg Nash

Rep. Raul RuizRaul RuizCHC Chair Castro nominates 'Selena' for National Film Registry ER doctor chosen to lead Hispanic Caucus Gallego tapped to run Hispanic Caucus's campaign arm MORE (D-Calif.) on Thursday called on President TrumpDonald TrumpIran convicts American businessman on spying charge: report DC, state capitals see few issues, heavy security amid protest worries Pardon-seekers have paid Trump allies tens of thousands to lobby president: NYT MORE to “man up” and wear a mask as coronavirus cases spike in the U.S.

Ruiz, who is a physician, addressed the president during an interview on CNN’s “New Day." Trump has so far been reluctant to wear a mask during the pandemic. 

“Man up, Mr. President. Wear your mask,” Ruiz said.

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“That’s the best thing you can do," he added. "You can save millions and millions of lives if you simply wear a mask.”

The California lawmaker was responding to Trump’s remarks on Wednesday, when the president said during an interview with Fox Business that he’s “all for masks” and would wear one if he was in a “tight situation” with others.  

“That’s not the leadership that America deserves right now,” Ruiz said. “You know, you can contrast that with Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFear of insider attack prompts additional FBI screening of National Guard troops: AP Iran convicts American businessman on spying charge: report DC, state capitals see few issues, heavy security amid protest worries MORE, who’s wearing a mask and being very certain.”

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During his Fox Business interview, Trump said he hasn’t had to wear a mask because people who come in contact with him are tested for the virus. 

In May, Trump had told reporters at a Ford plant in Michigan that he wore a face covering in the "back area” of the plant so he wouldn’t give the press the “pleasure of seeing it.”

Several Republicans are now also publicly calling on Americans to wear masks, with some encouraging the president himself to comply with the practice. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that people wear masks in public to prevent coronavirus from spreading.

The U.S. has confirmed more than 2.6 million COVID-19 cases during the pandemic, leading to at least 128,062 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. On Wednesday, the U.S. recorded about 50,700 new coronavirus cases, the highest single-day spike throughout the coronavirus crisis and a jump from Tuesday’s record increase of 45,300 cases.