While visiting Children's National Hospital this Tuesday, First Lady Melania Trump broke the hospital's mask policy when she removed her face covering to read a book to children, according to ABC 7.
Trump was reportedly wearing a mask when she arrived at the hospital, but removed it when she took a seat in front of the children. Reports say that she was properly socially distanced from the children, however.
"Everyone must wear a mask at all times while in any Children's National facility to prevent the spread of COVID-19," the hospital's policy says, adding that wearing a mask is mandatory "when entering any Children's National building, as mandated by area officials. This includes all public places, such as the hallway and cafeteria," and "wearing a mask at all times when you are around other individuals."
In a statement, Children's National spokeswoman Diana Troese said that "while the First Lady did remove her mask while she read a story, she was more than 12 feet away from others in our large atrium. All other people in that space were wearing masks. The remainder of her visit, she wore a mask."
Watch ABC7's report on the story below: