White House trade adviser Navarro speaks out on mask wearing

White House trade adviser Peter Navarro speaks with reporters at the White House, Thursday, June 18, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo)

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UPDATED 9:34 AM PT — Tuesday, July 7, 2020

White House trade adviser Peter Navarro weighed-in on wearing a mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In an interview Tuesday, the official said he uses a mask whenever he is in a situation when he cannot maintain appropriate social distance.

Navarro also said it’s clear President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence strongly support using masks and practicing social distancing. He then called out CNN for being fixated about whether the president should do more to promote mask wearing in public.

“Look, you guys beat that one to death and I’m not going to get involved in that,” the trade adviser told John Berman when asked if he thought the president could do more to promote wearing masks. “…Everyone who gets near him has been tested and nobody gets within six feet of him, I mean what’s the point here.”

Navarro said he believes most people in the medical community assumed the coronavirus was going to subside in the summer due to heat and humidity.

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