The president was visiting the Walter Reed military hospital outside Washington, where he met wounded soldiers and health care workers.
"I've never been against masks but I do believe they have a time and a place," he said as he left the White House.
He has previously said that he would not wear a mask and mocked Democratic rival Joe Biden for doing so.
But on Saturday he said: "I think when you're in a hospital, especially in that particular setting, where you're talking to a lot of soldiers and people that, in some cases, just got off the operating tables, I think it's a great thing to wear a mask.
He added that he "sort of liked" how he looked with one on.
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