Trump announces new face mask recommendations after heated internal debate
After weeks of insisting Americans should not wear face masks to prevent the spread of coronavirus -- and even suggesting their use could increase the chance of infection -- administration officials this week have engaged in a heated internal debate over reversing course, according to people familiar with the matter.
Inside Jared Kushner and Peter Navarro's efforts to rescue the White House's coronavirus response
For days, executives at the industrial company 3M gave Trump administration officials shifting explanations for why they couldn't send a larger share of the company's global production of N95 masks to the US. Export restrictions prevented them from shipping to the US, they said at first, before explaining they didn't want to jeopardize foreign business relationships.
Top administration officials said last year threat of pandemic kept them up at night
Two top administration officials last year listed the threat of a pandemic as an issue that greatly worried them, undercutting President Donald Trump's repeated claims that the coronavirus pandemic was an unforeseen problem.