Throughout the coronavirus crisis Donald Trump has been completely consistent in one regard – he will not wear a mask in public.
According to aides there are several reasons, including that he thinks doing so makes him look “ridiculous” and doesn’t want to give Democrats an opportunity to use the images in election adverts.
Mr Trump also believes that wearing a mask would “send the wrong message,” and by not using one he signals that he is fighting to reopen the country.
It is a political statement that has resonated with many Americans who object to being told to wear masks themselves.
“There’s such a strong culture of individualism that, even if it’s going to help protect them, people don’t want the government telling them what to do,” Linsey Marr, an engineering professor at Virginia Tech with experience in airborne transmission of viruses, said recently.