United States President Donald Trump, who has avoided being seen in public wearing a face cover, said Thursday that he expected to wear a mask the next time he saw U.S. troops at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Visited center outside of Washington.
"I assume that I will wear a mask when I go to Walter Reed. You are in a hospital. I think that's a very reasonable thing. I have no problem with a mask," Trump said in an interview to Fox News.
Trump said he would visit wounded soldiers and front workers to curb the COVID-19 pandemic when he visits the Bethesda, Maryland state medical facility.
Trump didn't say when he would visit, and the White House didn't immediately respond to a question about its schedule.
CNN has previously reported that Trump plans to leave on Saturday.
It was unclear whether Trump could be photographed with a mask, as such visits are often closed to the media to protect the wounded soldiers' privacy.
Trump, who was increasingly isolated within the Republican Party because he had not promoted wearing a mask, has spoken more cheaply about its use in recent weeks as COVID-19 cases have risen sharply in the United States.
According to a Reuters balance sheet, more than 60,500 new COVID-19 infections were reported in the US on Thursday. It set a daily record when tired Americans were asked to take new precautions and the pandemic became increasingly politicized.