First lady Melania Trump has urged Americans to wear face masks in public but chose to forgo wearing one herself during Wednesday’s visit to Cape Canaveral, Florida, to watch the launch of the SpaceX rocket with her husband.
The president and first lady had traveled to Florida with family members including Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner, Donald Trump Jr. and girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle, Eric Trump and wife Lara Trump, along with some of the grandchildren.
Since early April, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that all Americans wear some form of face mask or face-covering in public places where social distancing is difficult.
The first lady has echoed the CDC’s call by releasing a video and social media posts urging Americans to wear masks and posting a photo of herself donning a mask.
But since then, the first lady has eschewed wearing a mask herself.
“As the CDC studies the spread of #COVID-19, they recommend people wear cloth face coverings in public settings when social distancing can be hard to do,” she wrote in social media posts. “Remember, this does NOT replace the importance of social distancing.”
As the CDC studies the spread of #COVID-19, they recommend people wear cloth face coverings in public settings when social distancing can be hard to do. Remember, this does NOT replace the importance of social distancing. pic.twitter.com/HRaQHFgXxn
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) April 9, 2020
Melania was seen without a mask while touring a NASA facility with several dozen other family members and NASA staff.
Don Jr. and Eric also went maskless as did their partners and children. Ivanka and her children were seen wearing masks Wednesday during the visit.
Jared was photographed wearing a mask on the flight to Florida but did not wear one for a tour of the space center.
On Monday, Melania — like her husband — didn’t wear a mask while attending Memorial Day events at Arlington National Cemetery and at Fort McHenry in Baltimore.
At one point, Melania was seen holding the hand of a military aide who helped her step off a stage, violating social distancing protocol.