Trump Says He Supports Masks, 'Looked Like the Lone Ranger' Wearing One

President Donald Trump says he's embracing the use of masks and facial coverings as coronavirus cases continue to spike around the country.

"I'm all for masks—I think masks are good" Trump told Fox Business in an interview that aired Wednesday. "I've had a mask on, and I sort of liked the way I looked."

Trump, who has stopped short of calling for a national mask mandate, said that when wearing one he "looked like the Lone Ranger," although the popular Western character wore a mask around his eyes, not as a mouth and nose covering, which is recommended to prevent coronavirus transmission.

"If I were in a tight situation with people, I would absolutely wear one," the president said.

Trump's remarks come as more of his Republican allies have urged supporters to wear masks in public. He has largely has stayed out of the public eye when wearing a facial covering, although an image of Trump in a deep blue mask was leaked to NBC News after Trump visited a ventilator plant last month.

"People have seen me wearing one," Trump told Fox Business.

He said he doesn't think that the federal government should mandate mask wearing, even as cities and states are requiring it. "You have many places in the country where people stay a long distance," Trump said.

The president recently held a rally with thousands of college students in Phoenix that didn't follow social distancing guidelines or require attendees to cover their faces.

Trump's presumptive Democratic rival, Joe Biden, told reporters this week that he would support requiring all Americans to wear face coverings if elected. "It may be uncomfortable, but it's the right thing to do as an American," Biden said Tuesday. "Everyone needs to wear a mask in public. Period."

As for his own mask wearing, Trump said he is rarely in close contact with people and those he meets are required to take a coronavirus test before they can see him.

Meanwhile, in recent weeks the Trump administration has been more vocal in its support of mask wearing to curb the virus's spread. During a news conference in Texas on Sunday, Vice President Mike Pence noted that government officials are encouraging people to wear masks. "Where you can't maintain social distancing, wearing a mask is just a good idea," he said.

As states across the nation have seen severe spikes in virus cases, prompting some to renew shutdown measures, a Goldman Sachs analysis released this week suggests that a nationwide mask order could save the U.S. economy $1 trillion.

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President Donald Trump speaks on May 26 about cutting insulin costs for seniors with diabetes. He has chosen not to wear a mask during public engagements. Win McNamee/Getty Images