President Donald Trump paid a visit to Miami, Florida on Friday, but he refused to wear a face mask. Miami-Dade County is now the epicenter of Florida's coronavirus crisis, and the city has instated a mask mandate in all public places. According to a report by The Miami Herald, local leaders made an exception for the president, who has not worn a mask in public yet.
The president traveled to Miami this weekend to visit the U.S. Southern Command, attend a church in Doral and discuss drug trafficking between Florida and South America. He attended two fundraisers as well, yet there was nothing coronavirus-related on his itinerary. This was shocking to many onlookers, as both Florida and the U.S. reported huge spikes in coronavirus statistics on Friday.
Many Americans have been outraged by the president's persistent refusal to wear a mask, as they believe he could set a strong example for his most loyal supporters and thereby protect public health. The president has said that he is no opposed to masks particularly, he simply prefers not to wear one. He argues that he is only in close contact with people who are frequently tested, so it is not necessary.
On Friday, he pushed this argument ot the limit in Miami, where a county-wide mask requirement is still in effect. Trump ignored this mandate, and many people shared their anger and shock on social media.
With new cases, hospitalizations and deaths surging around the country, the coronavirus pandemic has a firm grip on the U.S. According to a report by CNN, Trump will finally change his tune on masks this weekend at the behest of his aides and advisers. The outlet got word that Trump would likely wear a mask on his public visit to Walter Reed National Medical Center on Saturday, posing for photos and videos with the mask on.
To some, this will be a relief, but to many it comes too late, as his visit to Miami on Friday cemented their outrage. Here is a look at how Twitter handled president Trump's refusal to wear a mask on Friday.
Trump just arrived in Miami as on the same day Florida reported 11,433 new cases, plus 213 deaths reported in the last 48 hours. He has ZERO pandemic related events on his calendar. No mask either. 😷 pic.twitter.com/qnQYjqI93J— Rep. Carlos G Smith (@CarlosGSmith) July 10, 2020
He's not going there to talk about drug trafficking or COVID resources.
He is going there to put our tax dollars in his wallet at his private resort.@SenatorCollins already declared she is OK with corruption, so who's to stop him.— Impeach Barr - JES (@1liners) July 7, 2020
Because a record number of Covid cases, and an outbreak of West Nile Mosquitoes aren’t enough plagues for one city, Trump is coming to Miami. https://t.co/fi4pR5r3Ht— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@ananavarro) July 7, 2020
💕 isn’t it lovely he can do as he pleases bc HE can get tested ALL day long , everyday of the fkn year . I’m glad I lived before he came along & know /saw how REAL presidents behave ...💞🕺🏻🇺🇸😷#TrumpMakesAmericaUgly— Laurel Leavy (@LaurelLeavy) July 11, 2020
He will be using an ICU bed. When the president travels there is always an icu bed reserved for him. I’m an RN who worked 30 years at the largest hospital in the South Pacific this is how it works. #TRE45SON is traveling to a high impact area and will use their resources.— Jennifer Steed (@NastyJ49) July 7, 2020
Also tax payers funding his MAGA trips.— Charles R Middagh (@r_middagh) July 7, 2020
I just commented on something else about being patient for karma.....anytime lady lol— Leesa Jones (@LeesaRae02) July 11, 2020