President Trump faulted Joseph R. Biden for not requiring Americans to wear face masks in public — a mandate his Democratic rival cannot impose on account of not currently holding public office.
Mr. Trump attempted to shift blame on Mr. Biden while responding to a question regarding his handling of COVID-19, the disease the novel coronavirus causes, during a town hall event Tuesday.
“Wearing a mask has proven to lessen the spread of COVID. Why don’t you support a mandate for national mask-wearing, and why don’t you wear a mask more often?” asked a member of the audience.
“Well, I do wear them when I have to and when I’m in hospitals and other locations, but I will say this: They said at the Democrat convention they are going to do a national mandate. They never did it. Because they’ve checked out and they didn’t do it,” the president replied.
Mr. Trump then said a “good question” would be