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After silence Trump marks 100,000 virus deaths in US

But he has also said, "I don't think I am going to be doing it".

He added that he wants "to have people around me that have strengths and capacities I don't".

"The American people have always been strong and resilient, and the President is proud of their spirit, courage and determination every single day to defeat this virus", White House spokesman Judd Deere said in a statement. "Today is one of those moments", Biden said.

On a recent trip to a manufacturing plant owned by carmaker Ford last week, the president was videoed speaking to journalists without a face mask on, while Ford officials could be seen standing behind him wearing them. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the wearing of cloth face coverings in public settings such as shops and petrol stations. However, Mr Trump, despite at times saying he would be willing to wear a mask, has continued not to do so at press conferences and recent out-of-state visits.

Sean Hannity, a Fox News host who is close to Mr Trump, urged his listeners to wear masks in a message markedly different in tone from that of the president.

"He's a fool. An absolute fool to talk that way".

It comes as more than 100,000 people have died from COVID-19 in the United States, according to figures from John Hopkins University.

"Presidents are supposed to lead, not engage in folly and be falsely masculine". It reminds me of the guys that I grew up with playing ball. "They'd walk around with a ball in their hand, but didn't like to hit very much", Biden said.

The US death toll, from 1.7 million confirmed infections, is by far the highest of any nation, and critics have accused the president of an inadequate early response to the pandemic.

While the numbers of new cases and deaths have begun trending downward, health experts have warned there could be a resurgence as lockdowns are lifted.

Trump drew criticism over the weekend after he spent hours at his Northern Virginia golf course on both Saturday and Sunday as the number of deaths climbed toward six figures.

The awful milestone comes amid debate over the timeliness of the nation's response to the pandemic, with one Columbia University model showing that about 36,000 fewer people would have died if the United States had imposed social distancing measures earlier.

On Monday's Memorial Day, a USA bank holiday to remember soldiers, Mr Trump and his wife Melania did not wear masks at public events but Mr Biden and his wife Jill did.

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