New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoDemocratic officials, governors push for nationwide mask mandate as administration defends state-by-state approachSunday shows – Coronavirus resurgence dominatesCuomo: Trump administration ‘in denial’ about coronavirus ‘problem’MORE (D) urged President TrumpDonald John TrumpIntelligence suggests Russian bounties led to deaths of several US troops in Afghanistan: reportObama called Philonise Floyd before brother’s memorial service: NYT President Trump tries to cover his tracks by attacking the rule of lawMORE on Monday to issue an executive order requiring masks in public in the U.S.

The New York governor called on Trump during his press conference to follow in others states footsteps and direct everyone to wear a mask.

Cuomo also questioned how were at this point as a nation” where “we still havent done the simple easy minimal step of saying you must wear a mask when you’re in public.

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The governor pointed to New Yorks order to wear a mask issued two months ago and said that states that were previously recalcitrant are starting to declare similar orders, “doing a 180.”

“Let the president have the same sense and do that as an executive order, he said. 

The New York governor also said that Trump should lead by example and put a mask on.

To the president I say today if you want to help stop COVID-19, then they should start telling the people of this country the truth, he said. And the truth starts with how large a problem this is and how real a threat COVID[-19] is.

Other political leaders have called for Trump to issue a nationwide mask requirement, including Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBiden’s record-setting tax increases will take your money and your jobGOP committee chair: ‘It would help’ if Trump would wear a mask occasionallyDemocratic officials, governors push for nationwide mask mandate as administration defends state-by-state approachMORE (D-Calif.) who told ABCs This Week on Sunday that it was definitely long overdue.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the use of masks in public but does not mandate it. 

The countrys number of daily identified new cases has been rising, reaching beyond 40,000 on three days last week, according to The New York Times data.

The U.S. has confirmed more than 2.5 million COVID-19 cases across the country, and has had 125,928 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. 

At least 18 states require masks statewide, while the majority have some masks requirements throughout the state. Four states do not have known mask requirements: Montana, South Dakota, Iowa and Wisconsin, according to Masks4All, a volunteer organization that advocates for mask wearing.