Ohio GOP Gov. Mike DeWine said that he wishes President Trump had been more public and ardent in his messaging about face masks sooner.
DeWine, 73, told PBS Firing Line host Margaret Hoover earlier this week that he doesn’t “blame” the president but that Trump’s public support behind facial coverings “makes a difference.”
“Look, it makes a difference. The president has a lot of people who are following him, you know, and I was very delighted when I saw,” he said. “I’m not going to blame the president for what we do or what we don’t do in Ohio. The buck stops with me. The buck stops with me in making these decisions. Would I have preferred him to do it earlier? Of course.”
The comments from DeWine come amid a newfound public push by the president encouraging face coverings.
Trump, who was not seen often wearing a mask in public during the pandemic, posted a photo of himself wearing a mask on Monday and appealed to patriotism as the United States grapples with the surging coronavirus pandemic.
“We are United in our effort to defeat the Invisible China Virus, and many people say that it is Patriotic to wear a face mask when you can’t socially distance. There is nobody more Patriotic than me, your favorite President!” Trump said.
Earlier this week, DeWine announced a statewide mask mandate, which requires everyone to wear a mask when inside at a public place or when outside and unable to practice social distancing. There are some exceptions for young children and those with medical conditions.
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