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By: Sean Youngberg

The United States Postal Service had a plan in place to send 650 million masks to every household in America in early April, but the White House stopped it from happening.

The USPS was fully prepared to send five reusable cotton face coverings to every household in the country, according to documents obtained by American Oversight in partnership with the White House Coronavirus Task Force and the Department of Health and Human Services.

The first shipments of masks were scheduled to reach homes as early as the second week of April, according to an unreleased USPS press statement, which called the “historic delivery” an “unprecedented undertaking.” But this never happened.

“There was concern from some in the White House Domestic Policy Council and the office of the vice president,” an unnamed administration’s official told the Washington Post, “that households receiving masks might create concern or panic.”

These developments come on the heels of famed journalist Bob Woodward’s new book “Rage,” in which Donald Trump made comments about downplaying the pandemic in early March.

“I wanted to always play it down,” President Trump stated. “I still like playing it down, because I don’t want to create a panic.”