President Donald Trump did not wear a mask on Thursday when he visited a medical supplies factory in Pennsylvania, which was the second time he had not been pictured with a face covering while traveling outside the White House to visit companies fighting the coronavirus.
Trump and officials accompanying him were shown around the factory of Owens & Minor Inc., a medical distribution facility that sent millions of N95 masks and other protective equipment to hospitals and health workers across the country by factory leaders wearing masks.
Trump and his chief of staff Mark Meadows did not wear masks while everyone else did. Meadows was wearing a mask with the presidential seal on the trip to Allentown. Jared Kushner, White House senior advisor, was seen wearing a mask during the tour.
President Donald Trump did not wear a mask while visiting a medical supplies factory in Pennsylvania, even while officials toured him and the workers did
President Trump made the trip to Allentown, Pennsylvania to thank the workers
Factory workers who listened to the President’s comments wore masks and were two feet apart
In his comments to the workers, Trump praised them for their social distance, but admitted that the old ways people were together were together.
“All that social distance. Look at you people, all six feet tall. That is quite impressive. But we like it a bit better the old way, don’t we? ”, He said.
The workers wore matching neon green / yellow company T-shirts with ‘Empowering our customers to advance health’ on their backs. They all wore face masks.
In a rare moment of personal reflection, the President named his older brother Fred, who died in 1981 at the age of 42 from complications from alcoholism.
Trump noted that his brother attended nearby LeHigh University.
“When I think about this area, I think about my brother,” he said.
But he quickly swerved into some of his more popular political conversation topics and treated the event more like a campaign collection. The music that was playing was the same playlist that was broadcast during his meetings.
President Trump used the visit to carry out a political attack on Joe Biden
President Trump visited Owens and Minor Inc, a medical distribution facility
Jared Kushner, White House senior advisor, was seen wearing a mask at the factory
Trump complained that the Obama administration had made him ill-equipped to deal with the corona virus pandemic.
“The cupboards were bare,” he said.
He also had a hit with former Vice President Joe Biden, the suspected Democratic candidate. Trump attacked him with his favorite nickname “Sleepy Joe Biden.”
He attacked the role of Biden and led the Obama administration’s response to the N1H1 epidemic, known as swine flu.
Most N95 were distributed during the N1H1 – now you know who says that, right? Who says N1H1? Sleepy Joe Biden, ”Trump said.
There was laughter among the factory workers.
Trump spoke in a huge warehouse, with wire shelves piled all the way up with medical and cleaning products in cardboard boxes of various sizes.
At one end of the building, a giant American flag hung from the roof frame.
Pennsylvania is a state critical to the reelection of the President. He narrowly won it in 2016.
His journey to the Owens & Minor Inc. factory is his second from the White House in two weeks. Trump visited the Honeywell factory in Phoenix, Arizona last week to visit workers who made N95 masks for health workers battling the corona virus.
Trump was not portrayed wearing a mask during that visit, although he later said he was wearing one backstage. The President was reluctant to wear a face covering and did not wear one in Pennsylvania, even though there is an order throughout the state that essential companies must demand that all employees and customers wear masks.
Governor Tom Wolf told reporters in the state that he would “call on anyone who comes to Pennsylvania to respect our efforts to stay safe and protect people.”
“I hope he does everything he can to keep his employees, business people and any customers on site safe,” said Wolf. “Pennsylvania has always been a state that welcomes visitors, and we will continue to do so no matter who it is.”
Trump destroyed Wolf during his factory visit.
“You should let your governor of Pennsylvania open a little. There are areas in Pennsylvania that are hardly affected and they want to keep them closed. You can’t do that, “he said.
Trump originally wanted to visit the Braskem factory outside Philadelphia, where dozens of workers lived for 28 days to ensure quarantine to create personal protective equipment for health professionals and other professionals battling the corona virus.
But factory officials feared that a presidential visit could threaten workers and equipment, The Washington Post reported and asked Trump to visit after the pandemic was over.
Democratic Governor Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania calls those who restart the economy “selfish and unsafe”
People gather outside of stores in Beaver, Pennsylvania, as Governor Tom Wolf struggles to fight a Republican uprising over his stay-at-home orders and business stops
A precautionary person wearing a protective face mask against the corona virus walks past a closed storefront in Lebanon, Pa.
The President has called for Pennsylvania to reopen.
“The great people of Pennsylvania now want their freedom, and they are fully aware of what that means,” he wrote on Twitter on Monday.
Republicans in the state are pressuring Wolf, the democratic governor, to lighten his residence assignments. The state has nearly 60,000 coronavirus cases and more than 3,800 deaths.
Working with medical professionals, Wolf has labeled every county in the state as in a red, yellow, or green phase – their status determines their level of opening. Some district officials said they would ignore the governor’s instructions and open them anyway, warning Wolf of the consequences, including holding funds. Restaurants that open for dinner services without permission may lose their liquor license.
“I will not sit back and watch residents living in provinces under Stay-Away orders get sick because local leaders cannot see the risks of # COVID19 and do not want to reopen early,” Wolf tweeted Monday. “Today I announce consequences for provinces that do not comply with the law to remain closed.”
He called those who insist on restarting the economy “selfish and unsafe.”