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 RuizHouse Democrat who's a physician calls on Trump to 'man up' and wear mask In Trump response to coronavirus, left sees environmental injustice House coronavirus bill aims to prevent utility shutoffs MORE (D-Calif.) on Thursday called on President TrumpDonald John TrumpMark Kelly clinches Democratic Senate nod in Arizona Trump camp considering White House South Lawn for convention speech: reports Longtime Rep. Lacy Clay defeated in Missouri Democratic primary 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 BidenMark Kelly clinches Democratic Senate nod in Arizona Hillicon Valley: NSA warns of new security threats | Teen accused of Twitter hack pleads not guilty | Experts warn of mail-in voting misinformation Biden offers well wishes to Lebanon after deadly explosion 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.