Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE changed his Twitter and Facebook avatars to a picture of him wearing a mask as his campaign seeks to contrast his cautious approach to the coronavirus with President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE’s more lax attitude toward using a personal mask in public.
Wearing masks has emerged as the latest partisan flashpoint during the pandemic, with Trump making a number of appearances without wearing one and a handful of Republican lawmakers in Congress shirking recommendations to do so, while Democratic lawmakers largely don the coverings.
“Wear a mask,” Biden tweeted Tuesday night.
The former vice president has been quarantining in his Delaware home and wore a mask to a Memorial Day ceremony on Monday in his first public outing in weeks. He and his wife put on matching black masks at a local veteran’s memorial in Delaware.
Trump, who did not wear a mask this week when he laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery, said Tuesday that he found it “unusual” that Biden wore a mask.
“Biden can wear a mask, but he was standing outside with his wife, perfect conditions, perfect weather. They’re inside they don’t wear masks,” Trump said at the White House. “And so I thought it was very unusual that he had it on. But I thought that was fine. I wasn’t criticizing him at all. Why would I do a thing like that?”
Guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages people to wear masks or cloth face coverings when they are in public areas and unable to keep six feet of distance from others in an attempt to blunt the coronavirus’s spread.
Updated: 9:09 p.m.