July 18, 2020 / 2:59 AM / 17 days ago

Trump says he will not consider a national mask mandate

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about administration efforts to curb federal regulations during an event on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., July 16, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said he would not consider a national mandate requiring people to wear masks to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

Asked in an interview on Fox News to be broadcast on Sunday if he would consider a mandate, Trump said: “No, I want people to have a certain freedom, and I don’t believe in that.”

Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Mohammad Zargham

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