Ivanka and Melania Trump wear masks as First Family gives mixed messages


Ivanka does, but Donald doesn’t. Melanie does it inside, but not in public. You need a scorecard to tell which members of the First Family wear face masks during the pandemic.

Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter, and her children wore masks Wednesday at the planned launch of the SpaceX rocket in Cape Canaveral.

First Lady Melania Trump was spotted wearing a mask while riding in a helicopter but went barefaced while walking beside her husband to Air Force One for the trip.

President Trump himself pointedly skipped the mask as he has done for weeks even as his public health officials warn Americans that they help limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Trump’s sons, Don Jr. and Eric, also went maskless as did their partners and children.

Jared Kushner, Ivanka’s husband, was photographed wearing a mask on the flight to Florida, but did not wear one for a tour of the space center.

The First Family was expected to watch the first launch of American astronauts into space in a decade.

The White House sees the launch as a national morale booster. But it came on a day that the coronavirus death toll ticked toward 100,000.

Public health experts say leaders like Trump set back the fight against the pandemic by sending mixed messages about the importance of protective measures like wearing masks and observing social distancing.

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