Biden calls for mandate requiring all Americans to wear masks when outdoors "for next 3 months at minimum"

by Bryan Brammer · Aug 13th, 2020 3:56 pm

Last Updated Aug 16th, 2020 at 5:17 pm

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Thursday called for a mandate requiring all Americans to wear face masks while in public in an effort to curb the spread of coronavirus.

"Every American should be wearing a mask when they're outside for the next three months at a minimum," Biden told reporters at a briefing in Wilmington, Delaware.

Biden also said his suggested mandate was "not about Democrat, Republican, or Independent," but rather it was about "saving American lives."

Biden's newly appointed 2020 running Sen. Kamala Harris praised the former vice president's initiative.

"That's what real leadership looks like," Harris said.

Although President Trump has not called for a nationwide mandate, he recently told "Fox News Sunday" in an exclusive interview that he is a "believer in masks."

"Everybody who is saying don't wear a mask – all of sudden everybody's got to wear a mask, and as you know masks cause problems, too," Trump said. "With that being said, I'm a believer in masks. I think masks are good."


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