"When there's nobody around, I don't see any reason to be wearing it", Trump said in a separate interview on Wednesday on "America This Week". "I think wearing a face mask as I greet presidents, prime ministers, dictators, kings, queens, I don't know somehow I don't see it for myself".
He also cheered the soaring U.S. stock market, but left without taking questions from reporters on the surge in cases of coronavirus, or the scandal over reports that USA intelligence believed a Russian unit paid bounties for Taliban-linked militants to kill United States troops.
Donald Trump holds a face mask in his hand during a tour of a factory converted to making personal protection.
"We must have no stigma, none, about wearing masks", said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell - a Kentucky Republican.
"Today's announcement proves our economy is roaring back", Trump said Thursday at a White House news conference. However, the President remained defiant - despite increasing evidence that face masks could not only prevent the transmission of infection but can also help in unburdening the health infrastructure.
He made the comments a day after Republican lawmakers suggested that he wear a mask in public to set a good example for Americans. On Thursday, Kansas became the latest state to mandate wearing masks in public spaces, and where people are unable to maintain the recommended social distance of six feet (two meters). At the centre of the debate has been President Trump's reluctance to wear a face mask.
Trump immediately undercut the CDC guidance by flatly stating that he would not be following it, suggesting it would be unseemly for the commander-in-chief to wear a mask as he meets with heads of state. "And I think we're going to have a vaccine very soon too". Trump relentsTrump on Wednesday said he thinks mask makes him look like the Lone Ranger and he likes it.
Conservatives have generally been less willing to wear masks or follow other restrictions imposed by local authorities to stop the spread of the virus as the issue has become increasingly politicized.
"If people feel good about it they should do it", the BBC quoted him as saying in his Fox Business interview on Wednesday.
"It looked like the Lone Ranger", he added, in reference the TV series about a fictional masked former Texas Ranger who fought outlaws in the American Old West.
Mr Trump noted that most people he sees at the White House are tested for Covid-19 before coming in contact with him.
The U.S. recently surpassed 50,000 coronavirus cases a day for the first time, underlining the challenges still ahead as states press to reopen economies damaged by the virus.
Considering the United States just hit a new record high of 52,000 new coronavirus cases in a day and its top infectious disease expert Dr Anthony Fauci warned this week the country could see 100,000 coronavirus cases a day without more action to slow its spread, that seems like wishful thinking at best - stupidity at worst.
Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci.
"We are still in a deep, deep jobs hole because Donald Trump has so badly bungled the response to the coronavirus, and now has basically given up responding at all", Biden said.
"In fact, the more we dislike the pain and suffering caused by the strict stay-home guidelines a few months ago, the happier we should be to take reasonable small steps every day to ensure our country can stay on offense against the virus", McConnell added.