Senator Marco Rubio ridiculed Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin for wearing a mask and face shield in the Philippines.
In the Philippines, where COVID-19 is on the rise, masks and face shields are needed in public places.
Rubio’s hometown of Florida is coping with its own surge as hospitalizations increase.
Senator Marco Rubio ridiculed Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin on Thursday for wearing a mask and face shield when he arrived in the Philippines.
“Our @SecDef is vaccinated,” Rubio wrote in a tweet with a video showing Austin’s unplanned plans. “But he arrives in the Philippines wearing a mask and face shield.”
“Embarrassing COVID Theater,” he continued.
According to the Philippines, anyone in a public place should wear a mask and face shield. US Embassy in the Philippines.. Some of the people Austin welcomes in the video also wear masks and face shields.
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The Philippines is also facing a surge in COVID-19, and Manila officials are being urged to impose stricter coronavirus restrictions this week. Reuters The Philippines recorded the largest daily increase in COVID-19 cases in more than 6 weeks, reported Tuesday.According to the country with the highest number of COVID-19 cases in Southeast Asia after Indonesia New York Times..
Rubio’s hometown of Florida is dealing with its own COVID-19 surge. The state leads the United States in cases of COVID-19 and Times.. It also has the second highest number of COVID-19 cases per capita after Louisiana.
Austin met with Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte during his visit. After the meeting, Duterte announced a defense pact with the United States, a visiting US military agreement, Associated Press report. The VFA enables large-scale combat exercises between the US and Filipino troops, which occasionally raises concerns from China.
“Our country faces challenges ranging from climate crises to pandemics, and like us, a strong and resilient US-Philippines alliance is essential to the security, stability and prosperity of the Indo-Pacific. It will continue to exist, “Austin said. .. “A fully restored VFA helps us reach that goal together.”
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