Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has repeatedly expressed support for a nationwide mask mandate as part of an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
Although President Donald Trump has adamantly opposed such a move, it is clear that top White House coronavirus task force adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci sides more with Biden, as evidenced during a television appearance this week, according to the Daily Caller.
“In place nationwide”
Fauci’s latest remarks on the issue came on Friday during an interview with CNN’s Erin Burnett.
The host began the exchange by sharing a clip of remarks Biden made on the campaign trail earlier in the day.
Appearing near his home in Wilmington, Delaware, the former vice president explained his evolving position on the matter of mask mandates, as reported by the Independent.
“First, I’ll go to every governor and urge them to mandate mask-wearing in their states, and if they refuse, I’ll go to the mayors and county executives and get local mask requirements in place nationwide,” he said.
Biden went on to assert that he would “mandate mask-wearing in all federal buildings and all interstate transportation, because makes save lives,” declaring that “wearing a mask is not a political statement” but “a scientific imperative.”
“Would be helpful”
Burnett asked her guest if he believed “this is a good idea” and whether the nation’s leaders “would be helpful” if they pursued such an approach. Fauci responded by pointing to the fact that current mask regulations are overwhelmingly voluntary as an inherent flaw.
“But if everyone agrees this is something that’s important, and they mandated it, everybody pulls together and say, ‘We’re going to mandate it, but let’s just do it,’ I think that would be a great idea to have everybody do it uniformly,” he said.
Although Fauci acknowledged that he understands the argument that “if you mandate a mask, then you have to enforce it, and that’ll create more of a problem,” he went on to assert that if “people are not wearing masks, then maybe we should start mandating it.”
Dr. Fauci tells CNN that it would be a “great idea” to have a national mask mandate if people refuse to wear them pic.twitter.com/XDQn1kL2CJ
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) October 24, 2020
While the jury on mask efficacy, as with many aspects of the fight against COVID-19, is still out, Fauci has nevertheless provided the latest example of a statement clearly at odds with his boss in the White House.