President Trump, six months into a deadly pandemic and less than four months from Election Day, conceded Tuesday that the coronavirus would “get worse before it gets better” and urged all Americans to wear face masks “whether you like the mask or not.”
Mr Trump also asked all Americans to wear face coverings, saying “they’ll have an effect” and show “patriotism”.
The president, who was not wearing a mask at the briefing, has previously disparaged them as unsanitary, BBC reported, BBC reported.
His aides have reportedly pressed him to adopt a more measured approach as virus caseloads spike across the US.
The daily White House news conferences ended soon after Mr Trump suggested in April during freewheeling remarks from the podium that the virus might be treated by injecting disinfectant into people.
Moments later, however, Trump responded to a question without notes and delivered his familiar refrain: eventually “the virus will disappear.”