In an interview with Fox News, U.S. President Donald Trump said he didn't agree with a national mask mandate, and people should have total freedom.
There has been a growing disconnect between authorities and the federal government on strategies around handling the coronavirus. The majority of state governors in the United States have ordered that wearing of masks outdoors be mandatory, rather than a personal choice. Among them are Republican governors, including Kay Ivey of Alabama, who have reversed their initial opposition to the mandates. Eight in ten Americans said they wear a mask all or most of the time, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll, including 66 percent of Republicans.
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