Trump would not — then briefly does — put on masks in stands at Military-Navy soccer recreation as Covid rages throughout U.S.


US President Donald Trump joins West Level cadets through the Military-Navy soccer recreation at Michie Stadium on December 12, 2020 in West Level, New York.

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President Donald Trump didn’t put on a masks for a while whereas standing intently to West Level cadets and Naval Academy midshipmen — all of whom wore masks — on the Military-Navy soccer recreation on Saturday.

Trump, who was hospitalized in early October after contracting the coronavirus, additionally didn’t put on a masks when he presided over the coin toss earlier than the sport on the U.S. Navy Academy at West Level, New York.

Neither did the sport’s referee through the coin toss, which Navy gained by accurately calling tails.

The 121st assembly on the soccer gridiron between the 2 service academies was performed after coronavirus deaths set a one-day file of three,309 Individuals, pushing fatalities this yr from the pandemic within the U.S. to greater than 297,000. On Saturday, the variety of coronavirus circumstances to this point within the U.S. this yr reached 16 million.

After the coin toss, Trump walked into the stands on the Military aspect of Michie Stadium, the place he was surrounded by cadets carrying masks.

The lame-duck president placed on a masks in some unspecified time in the future through the recreation’s first quarter whereas he was within the stands, the place he stood not removed from a cadet wearing an Military mule mascot outfit.

However the president, who on Friday night time touted the emergency use approval of a coronavirus vaccine, had taken off his masks by the point he walked out of the stands.

And he didn’t put on a masks when he went into the stands and stood with the Navy midshipmen. With Trump within the stands was White Home Chief of Workers Mark Meadows, who additionally was not carrying a masks. Meadows was identified with the coronavirus in early November.

U.S. President Trump stands amongst U.S. Military cadets as he attends the annual Military-Navy collegiate soccer recreation at Michie Stadium, in West Level, New York, U.S., December 12, 2020.

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Twitter customers condemned the commander in chief for not setting a superb instance for the cadets and midshipmen on the recreation, the 121st soccer assembly between the 2 service academies.

“Trump was the one particular person on the Military Navy recreation not carrying a masks! Shield our troops rattling it!,” tweeted one particular person.

One other wrote, “He cares for nobody however himself.”

Trump’s failure to put on a masks regardless of federal well being officers urging all Individuals to take action is constant together with his near-constant refusal to placed on a facial overlaying through the Covid-19 pandemic, at the same time as dozens of individuals in his orbit have examined constructive for coronavirus.

Along with Meadows, Trump’s spouse, his sons Barron and Donald Trump Jr., marketing campaign supervisor, the White Home press secretary, the Housing and City Growth secretary, and the Republican Nationwide Committee’s chairwoman are amongst those that had Covid in latest months.

Trump’s private lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who’s overseeing his marketing campaign’s botched authorized efforts to overturn Joe Biden’s win within the presidential election, was launched simply days in the past from a Washington, D.C., hospital after testing constructive for the coronavirus. Earlier than that, Giuliani’s son Andrew, who’s a White Home particular assistant to Trump, had coronavirus.

Trump left the sport early, earlier than the second quarter had ended.

He’s anticipated to go away the White Home on Jan. 20, regardless of his frantic authorized and rhetorical efforts to disclaim a Biden victory on Monday within the Electoral Faculty.

Biden is projected to win 306 electoral votes, 36 greater than wanted to clinch the presidential race.

As Trump was en path to West Level Saturday, a federal choose tossed out his lawsuit searching for to invalidate Biden’s win in Wisconsin’s in style election.

On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court docket refused to let Texas’ legal professional normal file a lawsuit on to that courtroom that sought to undo the election outcomes displaying wins for Biden in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.