US President Donald Trump joins West Point students during the football match between the Army and the Navy at Michi Stadium on December 12, 2020 in West Point, New York.
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President Donald Trump had not worn the mask for some time as he stood up close in front of West Point cadets and Marines at the Naval Academy – all wearing masks – at the Army-Navy soccer match on Saturday.
Trump, who was hospitalized in early October after contracting the Coronavirus, also did not wear a mask when presiding over the coin lottery before the match at the US Military Academy in West Point, New York.
The referee also did not do the game while tossing the coin, which the Navy won by correctly summoning the tails.
The 121st meeting was held on the soccer field between the two service academies after Corona virus deaths recorded a one-day record of 3,309 Americans, raising the number of deaths this year from the epidemic in the United States to more than 297,000. On Saturday, the number of cases of coronavirus infection reached In the United States so far this year 16 million.
After the coin was tossed, Trump walked the stands on the Army side of Michi Stadium, where he was surrounded by students in masks.
The lame duck boss wore a mask sometime during the first quarter of the match while in the stands, standing close to a student dressed as a military mascot.
But the president, who had promoted Friday evening to approve the emergency use of the Coronavirus vaccine, had taken off the mask when he left the stands.
He was not wearing a mask when he entered the stands and stood with the naval officer. With Trump in the stands was White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, who was also not wearing a mask. Meadowsweet was diagnosed with the Coronavirus in early November.
US President Trump stands among US Army cadets as he attends the annual Army and Navy team soccer match at Michi Stadium, in West Point, New York, USA, December 12, 2020.
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Twitter users condemned the Commander in Chief for not setting a good example for cadets and marines in the game, the 121st soccer meeting between the two service academies.
One person wrote on Twitter: “Trump was the only person in the Army Navy game who did not wear a mask! Protect our soldiers!”
Another wrote: “He does not care about anyone but himself.”
Trump’s failure to wear a mask despite federal health officials urging all Americans to do so aligns with his near-constant refusal to wear a face covering during the Covid-19 pandemic, even as dozens of people in his orbit have tested positive for the coronavirus. .
In addition to Meadows, Trump’s wife and two sons Barron and Donald Trump Jr., the campaign manager, the White House press secretary, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and the chair of the Republican National Committee are among those who have contracted Covid in recent months.
Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, who is overseeing the botched legal efforts to campaign to overturn Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election, was released just days before from a hospital in Washington, DC, after testing positive for the coronavirus. Before that, Giuliani’s son Andrew, who is Trump’s White House special aide, was infected with the Corona virus.
Trump left the game early, before the end of the second quarter.
He is expected to leave the White House on January 20, despite his frantic legal and rhetorical efforts to deny Biden his Monday victory in the Electoral College.
Biden is expected to win 306 electoral votes, 36 more votes than required to win the presidential race.
While Trump was en route to West Point on Saturday, a federal judge rejected his claim to nullify Biden’s victory in the popular election in Wisconsin.
On Friday, the US Supreme Court refused to allow the Texas attorney general to file a lawsuit directly with that court that sought to reverse election results showing Biden winning in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.