Despite the surge of coronavirus in the US, Donald Trump has defied guidance from his own medical chiefs by refusing to wear a face mask .

Speaking on the reason why he has chosen not to wear mask, Evening Standard reports that, the US president said he does not “see it for myself” because he greets “presidents, prime ministers, dictators, kings, queens” in the Oval Office.

Despite the advice by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the US government’s public health agency, which urged all Americans to cover their faces in public with protective equipment on Friday after new scientific evidence emerged suggesting it could lower transmission, Trump still said he does not see it for himself.

Answering a question which was asked by a reporter on why he was not wearing one, Mr Trump insisted it was “voluntary”.

He stated further that: “You do not have to do it.. I don’t think I’m going to be doing it.”

On further preventive measures by the health body, the CDC recommended people use clean cloth or fabric and keep medical masks for health professionals.

Initially, the guidance which applied only to the elderly or vulnerable, has now been scaled up to the whole population.