- Saturday, July 11, was the first day President Donald Trump put on a face mask
- Trump has never been seen doing so since the outbreak of coronavirus in the US
- The US president was seen with a face mask as he visited wounded soldiers at the Walter Reed Military Hospital outside Washington
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For the first time since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States (US), President Donald Trump was on Saturday, July 11, seen with a face mask.
President Trump alongside some presidential staff members wore a face mask during his visit to wounded soldiers and health officials at the Walter Reed Military Hospital outside Washington, CNN reports.
Explaining his reason for observing the safety protocol, the US president said: “I think when you’re in a hospital, especially in that particular setting, where you’re talking to a lot of soldiers and people that, in some cases, just got off the operating tables, I think it’s a great thing to wear a mask.”
Although there are reports that Trump had refused to wear a mask and even mocked his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, for doing so, the US number one citizen defended his recent move by saying that he has never been against masks but that it should be used at stipulated times and in some places.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the INTERPOL had claimed that a sophisticated fraud scheme involving sales of face masks had been traced to an account in Nigeria.
According to the international police organisation, the fraud cuts across Germany, Ireland and the Netherlands.
It said the suspects used a compromised email address linked to a legitimate company in Spain selling face masks and a fake website.
"The company initially claimed to have 10 million masks, only for the delivery to fall through. As consolation, they then referred the buyers to a ‘trusted’ dealer in Ireland.
"The Irish middleman promised to put them in touch with a different supplier, this time in the Netherlands.
"Claiming to have a strong commercial relationship with the company, the man provided assurances that the alleged Dutch company would be able to supply the 10 million face masks. An agreement for an initial delivery of 1.5 million masks was made, in exchange for an up-front payment of EUR 1.5 million," INTERPOL said.
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