TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: [Chris Wallace: “will you consider a national mandate that people need to wear masks?”] “No, I want people to have a certain freedom, and I don’t believe in that. No, and I don’t agree with the statement that if everybody wear a mask everything disappears. Hey, Dr. Fauci said don’t wear a mask. Our Surgeon General — terrific guy — said don’t wear a mask.
Everybody who is saying don’t wear a mask — all of sudden everybody’s got to wear a mask, and as you know masks cause problems, too. With that being said, I’m a believer in masks. I think masks are good.
But I leave it up to the governors.”
-Donald Trump as quoted by Fox News, “Transcript: ‘Fox News Sunday’ interview with President Trump,” foxnews.com, July 19, 2020