Republican Dick Cheney poses in coronavirus mask in apparent jab at Trump and Pence – The Sun

FORMER Vice President Dick Cheney believes "real men wear masks" — in an apparent jab at Donald Trump and Mike Pence, who haven't encouraged Americans to wear face masks amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Cheney's daughter, Republican Representative Liz Cheney, of Wyoming, tweeted a photo of her dad on Friday wearing a blue medical mask.

"Dick Cheney says WEAR A MASK," the No 3 House Republican wrote, alongside the hashtag "#realmenwearmasks."

Cheney served as vice president for eight years under George W Bush, who served from 2001 until 2009.

The current president said last month that he refuses to wear a mask in public, in front of cameras.

"I didn't want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it," Trump said around the time of his visit to a Ford plant in Michigan, where he was required to wear a mask.

More recently, Trump described face masks — which health experts have said help prevent the spread of coronavirus — as a "double-edged sword."

"People touch them. And they grab them and I see it all the time. They come in, they take the mask," he told The Wall Street Journal earlier in June. "Now they’re holding it now in their fingers. And they drop it on the desk and then they touch their eye and they touch their nose."

"No, I think a mask is a… it’s a double-edged sword. It’s a double-edged sword. I see [former Vice President Joe] Biden. It’s like his whole face is covered. It’s like he put a knapsack over his face. He probably likes it that way. He feels good that way because he does."

Trump continued on to say Biden "seems to feel good in a mask, you know, feels better than he does without the mask, which is a strange situation."

Vice President Pence, who leads the White House's coronavirus task force, doesn't seem to think that masks are an important object to use in combatting the virus.

At the administration's first coronavirus press briefing since April on Friday, Pence said Americans need to wash their hands and avoid touching their face, but didn't encourage citizens to wear a mask — and wasn't wearing one himself.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the two best ways to prevent the spread of the virus is by wearing a face mask and by socially distancing from others.

Health experts have said that using a face mask to cover up could reduce the transmission of the virus by as much as 50 percent.

But despite the knowledge about face masks, some Republican governors with skyrocketing infection rates still have not mandated that face masks be worn in public.

Texas Governor Gregg Abbott has refused to order individuals to wear them, but said last week that local governments can instead order businesses to require them.

In Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis said he still has no plans to issue a statewide order to require people wear masks, as he said it’s best handled at the local level.

Some Republicans, however, including Senator Marco Rubio, of Florida, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, of Kentucky, have encouraged mask-wearing.

"Everyone should just wear a damn mask," Rubio said on Wednesday, while McConnell has encouraged people to wear masks to prevent the virus' spread.

"This is not as complicated as a ventilator, and this is a way to indicate that you want to protect others," McConnell said on Friday as he held up a mask he was wearing but took off as he spoke during a press conference.

At least 16 states across the US require residents to wear face masks when they're unable to socially distance themselves: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Washington, as well as Washington DC.

Biden, who's set to run against Trump in November as the president seeks re-election, said on Thursday that if elected, he'd do "everything possible" to enforce everyone to wear face masks during the pandemic.

“The one thing we do know, these masks make a gigantic difference. I would insist that everybody in public be wearing that mask,” Biden said. “Anyone to reopen, it would have to make sure that they walked into a business that had masks.”

As of Saturday, the US reported more than 2.5million coronavirus cases and nearly 128,000 deaths.

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