A member of aircrew is seen wearing a protective mask at Heathrow Airport, as Britain launches its 14-day quarantine for worldwide arrivals, in London on June 8, 2020.
"If I were in a tight situation with people, I would absolutely", Trump said in the interview.
Other world leaders, including Canada's Justin Trudeau and France's Emmanuel Macron, have worn masks in public to encourage their use.
Trump immediately undercut the CDC guidance by flatly stating that he wouldn't be following it, suggesting it would be unseemly for the commander in chief to wear a mask as he meets with heads of state.
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When asked during an interview on Fox Business Network Wednesday about why he hasn't gone forward with a nationwide mask mandate, in light of a Goldman Sachs report that universal mask wearing would be a net positive for GDP in addition to saving lives, Trump wouldn't commit to making mask requirements mandatory. About 20 states have mandated mask wearing in public.
"I had a mask on, I sort of liked the way I looked", Trump told Fox Business, adding that he thought he looked like the Lone Ranger. "I think that, at some point, that's going to sort of just disappear, I hope". And according to Goldman Sachs estimates, a national mask mandate could save the U.S. nearly 5 percent of GDP.
Afterward, he told reporters he had worn a mask in a "back area" only because "I didn't want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it".
At the briefing, which he said included about eight White House staffers, only national security adviser Robert O'Brien wore a mask, Mr. Sherman said.
He said in a Senate hearing that "the stakes are too high for this political debate about pro-Trump anti-Trump mask to continue", according to ABC.More news: Maduro Calls for EU Ambassador to leave Venezuela within 72 Hours
Last week, former Vice President Dick Cheney was shown in a photo by his daughter wearing a face mask.
Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, and other top Democrats have aggressively made the case for mask-wearing. That means the virus can spread between people who are close to each other when speaking, coughing or sneezing, even if they aren't showing coronavirus symptoms.
In Wednesday's interview, Mr Trump suggested a federal mandate was unnecessary and continued to frame mask wearing as a matter of choice.
"I think we are going to be very good with the coronavirus". The appeal came amidst a second surge in the number of coronavirus cases in the country. As the USA government relaxed lockdown restrictions, the number of coronavirus cases reached in exccess of 2.7 million with over 130,000 deaths.
Trump added that Americans should "do what makes you feel good" and follow guidelines, and alluded in both interviews to wearing a face covering during a tour of a ventilator plant in MI.More news: Johnson pledges to give Hong Kong citizens United Kingdom rights after China's 'breach'