President Donald Trump said Friday that he would choose not to wear a coronavirus mask because it would interfere with his ability to meet with foreign presidents, prime ministers and “dictators.”

“Somehow sitting in the Oval Office, behind that beautiful Resolute Desk,” Trump said, indicating he thought it would be uncomfortable wearing a mask as he met with “presidents, prime ministers, dictators, kings, queens – I don’t know, somehow I don’t see it for myself.”

Trump made the remark Friday during a White House news conference in which he announced the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would revise recommendations to advise people to start wearing masks in public to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Trump stressed that the CDC is not calling for Americans to wear medical-grade masks. Medical protective gear must be preserved for health care officials on the front lines treating coronavirus patients, he said.

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