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Politics Trump wears mask with presidential seal during part of Ford plant tour

15:11  22 may  2020
15:11  22 may  2020 Source:   nbcnews.com

Trump to tour Ford ventilator assembly plant in Michigan

  Trump to tour Ford ventilator assembly plant in Michigan President Trump will head to Michigan for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began on Thursday where he will tour a Ford plant currently producing ventilators for hospitals.White House spokesman Judd Deere made the announcement on Twitter Sunday evening, linking to Crain's Detroit Business, which first reported the news.NEW: President @realDonaldTrump to tour @Ford's ventilator assembly plant in Ypsilanti on Thursday | h/t @ ChadLivengood @crainsdetroit | https://t.

President Donald Trump has a face covering with the presidential seal on it, but he refused to wear it Thursday on the public part of his tour of a Ford plant in Michigan despite factory policy.

The president was given a mask by Ford. He was photographed wearing a mask at the plant, and a source familiar with the matter confirmed the authenticity of the photo.

"I wore one in this back area, but I didn't want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it," Trump told reporters during an appearance at a Ford plant in Ypsilanti that is making ventilators to combat the coronavirus.

Trump brings mask to Ford, says he doesn't 'want to give the press the pleasure of seeing' him wear it

  Trump brings mask to Ford, says he doesn't 'want to give the press the pleasure of seeing' him wear it President Trump on Thursday brought a mask with him to tour of a Ford plant in Ypsilanti, Mich., but said he didn’t “want to give the press the pleasure of seeing” him wear it while he was on camera. “I didn’t want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it,” he said. “In the back area I did have a mask on. I had goggles and a mask right back there.” © Provided by FOX News President Trump answers press questions during tour of Michigan Ford plant. While speaking without a face covering -- next to others wearing masks -- the president added that masks were not necessary in the front of the plant, where he was standing.

He then displayed the black face covering, which has the presidential seal in the corner. "I think I look better in the mask," Trump said before offering a different explanation for why he wasn't wearing it. "I'm making a speech, so I won't have it on now," he said.

He then said he didn't need a mask because he'd been tested earlier in the day, as were the people he was meeting with.

In a statement, the company said Executive Chairman Bill Ford had "encouraged" Trump to wear a mask when he arrived. "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," the statement said.

a group of people standing next to a man in a suit and tie: An anonymous source provided this image of President Donald Trump wearing a mask during his tour of the Ford Rawsonville Components Plant that is manufacturing ventilators, masks and other medical supplies in Ypsilanti, Michigan, on May 21, 2020. © Provided by NBC News

An anonymous source provided this image of President Donald Trump wearing a mask during his tour of the Ford Rawsonville Components Plant that is manufacturing ventilators, masks and other medical supplies in Ypsilanti, Michigan, on May 21, 2020.

Former adviser on Trump not wearing mask in public: 'Do as I say not as I do isn't very useful'

  Former adviser on Trump not wearing mask in public: 'Do as I say not as I do isn't very useful' Former homeland security adviser Tom Bossert said Sunday that President Trump's decision to not wear a mask in public "isn't very useful."Former homeland security adviser Tom Bossert said Sunday that President Trump's decision to not wear a mask in public "isn't very useful.

Ford made the White House aware of its policy ahead of Trump's visit that "everyone wears PPE to prevent the spread of COVID-19" inside the plant, but it also made it clear that company officials wouldn't challenge the president. "We have shared our policies and recommendations. The White House has its own safety and testing policies in place and will make its own determination," the company said in a statement this week.

State Attorney General Dana Nessel, a Democrat, sent an open letter Wednesday urging Trump to wear a mask at the plant, saying the requirement "is not just the policy of Ford."

"By virtue of the governor's executive orders" it "is currently the law of this State," Nessel said.

Nessel argued that Trump has "a social and moral responsibility" to take reasonable precautions against spreading the virus.

"The president is like a petulant child who refuses to follow the rules," she said on CNN after Trump's visit.

Former adviser on Trump not wearing mask in public: 'Do as I say not as I do isn't very useful'

  Former adviser on Trump not wearing mask in public: 'Do as I say not as I do isn't very useful' Former homeland security adviser Tom Bossert said Sunday that President Trump's decision to not wear a mask in public "isn't very useful."Former homeland security adviser Tom Bossert said Sunday that President Trump's decision to not wear a mask in public "isn't very useful.

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Whitmer: 'Disappointing' to see Trump not wear mask during Ford visit

  Whitmer: 'Disappointing' to see Trump not wear mask during Ford visit Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) criticized President Trump's decision to not wear a mask publicly during a tour of a Ford factory as "disappointing" in an interview."It wasn't surprising but it was disappointing," Whitmer said in an appearance on MSNBC with Rachel Maddow on Thursday."As you saw in the footage, all of the Ford executives wore the masks. All of the employees were wearing masks, all of the press were," Whitmer said. "And it's"It wasn't surprising but it was disappointing," Whitmer said in an appearance on MSNBC with Rachel Maddow on Thursday.

Trump late Thursday 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" and noted he did wear a mask.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., told reporters earlier in the day she thought it was important for the president and the vice president to set good examples for the rest of the country by following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommendation that Americans wear face coverings in public. Both have been criticized for not wearing masks during appearances over the past month.

"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," Pelosi said. "They have doctors around them all the time to administer to their various needs. Other people don't have that."

Trump, asked whether he was concerned about not setting a good example, said, "I think it sets an example both ways."

Fauci says he wears a mask to be a symbol of what 'you should be doing' .
Dr. Anthony Fauci on Wednesday called for a cautious approach to reopening the US and implored Americans to wear face masks in public, comments that are at odds with President Donald Trump's push to have America quickly return to normalcy. "I want to protect myself and protect others, and also because I want to make it be a symbol for people to see that that's the kind of thing you should be doing," Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert and a member of the White House's coronavirus task force, told CNN's Jim Sciutto on "Newsroom.

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