Donald Trump was photographed on Thursday wearing a mask during the private portion of a high-profile visit to a Ford factory, but spent the entire public portion of the tour requesting his boss Bill Ford to hide.
Publicly, Trump kept the navy blue face covering with the President’s seal on it, but added that he didn’t want to give the media the ‘pleasure’ of seeing him wear one.
“I was wearing one in this back area. I didn’t want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it, ” he said during his tour of the Rawsonville Components Plant. “I had the glasses and the mask.”
Trump is reluctant to be photographed with a face covering and would have said it would send the wrong message if he insisted on getting the country focused on reopening the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 1.58 million Americans and nearly 100,000 killed.
He was eventually photographed with a face covered backstage when Ford, the executive chairman of the company founded by his great-grandfather Henry Ford, showed him three Ford GTs on a private tour.
But when he was out in public, he brandished the mask with the presidential seal without putting it on and posed with a visor that he didn’t wear either. Also, his press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and chief of staff Mark Meadows did not wear a mask.
After the tour, Ford Motor Company released a statement from the Executive Chairman stating that the President was asked to wear a mask. The state attorney general has also threatened legal action against Ford if Trump did not wear face cover during his trip.
Bill Ford encouraged President Trump to wear a mask on arrival. He wore a mask on a private visit to three Ford GTs in recent years. The president later removed the mask for the remainder of the visit, “the company said.
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel told CNN, “He is a sulky child who refuses to follow the rules. This is not a joke.’
Why did it take so long? Donald Trump was eventually photographed in a mask during the private portion of his Ford factory tour – but he took it off before showing it in public
Request: Trump toured the factory with Bill Ford, the company’s executive chairman, who immediately asked him to wear a mask during his stay there. The president refused to wear it in public
President Trump defied Michigan’s mandatory face mask policy on Thursday and toured a Ford Motor factory with no coverage
The navy blue mask has the seal of the President of the United States on it
President Trump was shown holding up a plastic face cover
President Trump showed the mask and said it “looked very nice” when he had it backstage
President Trump said it was his choice whether or not to wear the mask
Ford executives who gave President Trump the tour wore face masks
President Trump crumbled a face mask in his hand during his factory tour
Michigan requires people to wear some kind of face covering in public enclosed spaces thanks to an executive order signed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer in late April. There are no penalties for violating the order, but stores may refuse to serve those without the covers.
“Honestly, if he’s not wearing a mask, he’s asked not to return to a closed facility in our state,” Dana Nessel, a Democrat, told CNN before going there.
She returned to the network after his public resistance, saying, “This is no joke. He is now in a province where more than 100 people died. He conveys the worst possible message to people who cannot afford to be on the receiving end of misinformation.
Nessel said she would consider suing Ford for failing to cover him up, even though she spoke before the footage leaked behind the scenes.
“We will have to have a very serious conversation with Ford in case they let the President ignore that order in publicly enclosed spaces,” she said.
“The last thing we want to see is that this plant closes again because someone has been infected by the President.”
Trump said he didn’t have to wear a mask because he was tested for the coronavirus and retested that morning. The mask prevents anyone with the disease from transmitting it.
He said the mask suited him well when he wore it backstage.
‘It was very nice. It looked really nice, “he said about wearing the mask to the audience.
He said he hadn’t worn one on the public portion of his factory tour – despite Michigan’s claim – because “I got a choice.” The Ford Motor Company executives who led him through the factory wore masks.
Bill Ford, the executive chairman of Ford Motor Company, who accompanied Trump on the tour, told journalists traveling with Trump that it was the president’s “ choice ” to wear a mask or not.
Asked if he should wear a mask to set an example, Trump said, “I think it’s an example in both directions. As they say, I was wearing it. ‘
During the visit, Trump praised his government’s efforts to fight the coronavirus in the state.
President Trump and his chief of staff Mark Meadows wore a mask, but Housing Secretary Ben Carson and White House senior adviser Jared Kushner wore them
President Trump answered questions from the press on the factory tour
Jim Hackett, CEO of Ford Motor Company, speaks with President Donald Trump during the factory tour
President Trump did try a plastic face shield during the tour, the face shields are factory made
The Rawsonville Components factory manufactures protective equipment and fans to fight the corona virus
In his comments, Trump told factory workers they were a “national treasure.”
President Trump spoke among cars at the Rawsonville Components factory
Employees wear face masks when listening to the President’s comments
Essential equipment: Donald Trump speaks as he travels through Ford’s Rawsonville Components factory converted to create personal protection and medical equipment
“We have done a great job in the state of Michigan, not only in returning cars – car productions – but also in fighting the virus,” the president said at a roundtable with African-American leaders about how the disease has been disenfranchised communities infected.
The group sat five feet apart at a long table in an enclosed space at the Rawsonville Components plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan. The area was closed with blue curtains. Behind Trump was a background that read ‘Transition to Greatness’, the president’s new slogan.
“You’ll notice we’re socially aloof at this table,” Housing Secretary Ben Carson, who traveled to Michigan with Trump, noted.
Republican Senate candidate John James and state representative Karen Whitsett also attended the event. James wore a mask during the round table.
Trump praised Whitsett’s story after she appeared on Fox News to describe how she used hydroxychloroquine and was cured from COVID-19. She also met the President of the White House at an event with people who survived the coronavirus.
At the event, broker Robin Barnes said that hydroxychloroquine cured her when she had COVID-19.
She told Trump she heard him talking on television about the antimalarial drug.
“I could call my doctor and say, listen, let’s try this, because you know, this must be what’s going on,” Barnes commented. She said I had a prescription for it and the antibiotic azithromycin, also known as z-pack.
“I took it at 9:30 am. At four or five o’clock I breathed well. So it works, ”she said.
“Thanks for that,” Trump told her.
State Representative Karen Whitsett attended President Trump at a round table meeting; Trump has touted her story of how using hydroxychloroquine has cured her from the coronavirus
Real estate agent Robin Barnes told President Trump that she took hydroxychloroquine after seeing him talk about it on television and it cured her case of COVID-1
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, a Democrat, said President Donald Trump will be told not to come back if he refuses to wear a face mask when he visits a Ford Motor factory
Ford Motor Co., line workers assemble fans that the automaker assembles at its Rawsonville plant
The President takes hydroxychloroquine as a preventative measure against exposure to the coronavirus. He said he is finishing his course this week.
At the round table, Trump offered support to the state, which is suffering from severe flooding in the north.
He did not address his earlier threat to hold federal funding after Michigan Secretary of State sent absent ballots to all registered voters.
“I’m not going to talk about that. There are so many forms of financing. What we want is to vote well, honestly and honestly, ”he said.
Trump and other Republicans have argued without evidence that postal voting increases the likelihood of voter fraud. The president reiterated that argument on Thursday, explaining why he himself voted absent.
“If you are President of the United States now and if you vote in Florida, and you cannot be there, you should be able to send a ballot paper. If you don’t feel well, you feel terrible, you are sick, you have a reasonable excuse – just a reasonable excuse – you should be able to vote by post, ”he said.
Trump has never been photographed with a face mask. He was not seen wearing a mask while visiting factories in Arizona and Pennsylvania over the past two weeks, but claimed to have worn backstage for a few minutes while at the Honeywell factory in Phoenix on May 5.
Ford has a policy that all visitors must wear personal protective equipment and originally indicated that Trump would wear one. But the company later withdrew, saying the White House has its own protective procedures and will decide for itself whether to wear masks.
Nessel threatened legal action against Ford Motors if the president does not wear face cover.
“I know Ford has asked him to do the same, but when we know he is coming to our state and we know he will not be following the law, I think we should take action against any company or facility that has him in which allows facilities and endangers our workers. We just can’t afford it here, ”she said.
“We’re just asking President Trump to comply with the law in our state, just as we would make the same request from someone else in those factories,” she added, pointing out that an agreement that allowed auto workers to return return to the factory, including a provision that everyone will wear a mask and follow a social distance policy.
She begged President Trump to consider the costs and work that would be done to disinfect the Rawsonville Components Plant after his visit.
“We’re asking if President Trump doesn’t care about his own health, not about the health and safety of people who work in those facilities, at least about the economic situation of, you know, those facilities cost so much money to go through the plant close and disinfect after he leaves, “she said.
On Tuesday, a Ford spokesman said the company shared its safety policy, including the wearing of masks, with the White House.
But the company withdrew from saying Trump would be required to do a facial.
“The White House has its own security and testing policy and will decide for itself” whether Trump and White House officials will wear masks during the visit, “said a spokesman.
Trump said on Tuesday that he would consider wearing a mask if the situation justified it.
“I don’t know, I didn’t even think about it,” said Trump. “It depends, in some areas I would do that, in some areas I wouldn’t, but I will definitely look into it. It depends on what situation. Am I next to everyone, or am I spread out. Is something a hospital, is it a department, what is it exactly? I’m going to a plant. ‘
“So we’ll see,” said Trump. “Where appropriate, I would certainly do it.”
Michigan has had more than 52,000 cases of the coronavirus and more than 5,000 deaths.
Nessel wrote one open letter to Trump on Wednesday, asking him to wear a face mask during his visit, arguing that he has a “social and moral” responsibility to do so.
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order mandating people to wear face masks in public, closed areas
Protesters sing on the steps of the State Capitol in Lansing
Don Richardson is mounting a fan at the Ford Rawsonville factory Trump will visit
Whitmer has taken strict measures to fight the pandemic. In addition to the face-covering policy, she has set an enduring requirement that remains in effect. Restrictions begin to ease in parts of the state on Friday.
However, protesters swarmed over the Capitol in Lansing to object to the closure.
President Trump has encouraged them.
On Wednesday, the president argued that home birth should be lifted so that homes could help flood the northern part of the state, leading to two cracked dams and the evacuation of 10,000 people.
“We have already sent our best Military & @ FEMA teams. The governor must now “release” you to help. Will be with you soon! ”He tweeted.
President Trump threatened to keep unspecified federal funds from Michigan on Wednesday after the Secretary of State sent absent ballots to all registered voters.
The state is critical to the president’s reelection efforts. He won it with less than one point in the 2016 elections.
Trump declined to specify on Wednesday what laws he said Michigan was breaching when Michigan secretary of state Jocelyn Benson emailed the requests. Republicans have argued without evidence that postal ballots increase voter fraud. Democrats argue that Republicans are against it because it benefits voting blocks that usually vote democratically.
“Mail-in ballots are a very dangerous thing, they are the subject of massive fraud,” Trump said at a White House event with Kansas and Arkansas governors.
Trump did not get specific about what kind of federal funds might be kept from the state. “You will find that we know very quickly whether it is necessary,” he said. “I don’t think it will be necessary.”
Whitmer called the threat “scary” and “ridiculous” given the severe flooding in Midlands province.
“We need to evacuate tens of thousands of people who are concerned and afraid. On top of this global pandemic. And to have this kind of distraction is just ridiculous to be honest. It is – threatening to take money from a state that is suffering just as much as we are now is just scary. And I think something unacceptable, “Whitmer told CBS” This Morning “on Thursday prior to the president’s visit.
MAY 5: President Trump did not wear a mask for a Honeywell mask factory, but did wear goggles
MAY 14: The President also didn’t wear a mask or gloves when he toured a medical supply company in Allentown, Pennsylvania
The p-resident previously said he put on a mask ‘backstage’ during a visit to a Honeywell factory on May 5 in Arizona that produced N95 masks to help address a nationwide PPE deficit resulting from the pandemic of the coronavirus.
Trump was not wearing a mask when cameras were pointed at him.
He was wearing safety goggles.
He also did not wear a mask last week on a tour of a factory in Allentown, Pennsylvania, which was a distribution center for medical supplies and protective equipment.