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President Donald Trump clashed with Democrat Joe Biden over requirements to wear masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Biden said Thursday that every governor should require masks for the next three months, an approach he said would save more than 40,000 lives. In June, Biden has said that as president he’d “insist” that every American wear a face covering and use his executive powers to enact a requirement.
“Every single American should be wearing a mask when they are outside for the next 3 months at a minimum,” Biden told reporters in Delaware. “It’s not about your rights, it’s about your responsibilities as an American.”
Trump rejected Biden’s approach on Thursday. “If the president has the unilateral power to order every single citizen to cover their face in nearly all instances, what other powers does he have?” Trump said. “We want to have a certain freedom, that’s what we’re about.”
Also on Thursday, Trump directly tied his opposition to a proposed $25 billion financial lifeline for the Postal Service to his criticism of efforts to encourage mail-in voting during the coronavirus pandemic.
“One of the reasons the post office needs that much money is to have all of these millions of ballots coming in from nowhere and nobody knows from where,” Trump said at a White House news conference.
If the Postal Service doesn’t get the money, he added, “how can you have those votes? What that would mean is that people would have to go to the polls and vote, like the old days, like two years ago, three years ago, four years ago.”
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