President Trump is making headlines, again, this time for his refusing to wear a mask during the public portion of his tour of his Michigan Ford plant tour, even though he had one in his possession.
The president was given a mask by Ford, and had his picture taken wearing the mask, but when he came out to speak with the media and public, he had taken it off.
“I wore one in this back area, but I didn’t want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it,” he explained.
He then showed the black mask, which bore the presidential seal in the corner, saying he thinks he looks better in the mask. He offered up a different explanation, then, for not wearing it:
“I’m making a speech, so I won’t have it on now.”
He then said he didn’t need the mask because he was tested earlier in the day, as were all the people he was with.
Executive Chairman, Bill Ford, said in a statement that he had encouraged the president to wear the mask: “He wore a mask during a private viewing of three Ford GTs from over the years. The president later removed the mask for the remainder of the visit.”
Ford made the White House aware of its policies before the visit, saying “everyone wears PPE to prevent the spread of COVID-19”, but also said they would not challenge the President about wearing a mask.
State Attorney General, Dana Nessel, sent an open letter on Wednesday, urging Trump to wear a mask at the plant, saying it was more than just a policy of Ford’s.
“By virtue of the governor’s executive orders it is currently the law of this State.”
After the visit, she had some choice words for the president, saying to CNN:
“The president is like a petulant child who refuses to follow the rules.”
Trump then criticized Nessel in two tweets, calling her the “Wacky Do Nothing Attorney General of Michigan” and saying she was “viciously threatening Ford Motor Company for the fact that I inspected a Ventilator plant without a mask”.
Nessel is not the only critic of the move, however, as House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, has spoken out about wishing the President and Vice-President would wear masks to set an example for Americans.
“I would hope that the president and the vice president would wear a mask. They don’t wear a mask, why not? Other people should, so they should set an example. They have doctors around them all the time to administer to their various needs. Other people don’t have that.”
On that topic, Trump said he thinks it set an example both ways.
Trump’s actions and behaviors during this pandemic have left many scratching their heads and wondering what he is thinking. But he will be the first to tell you he and his administration have dealt with the virus perfectly.
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