Republican Governor of New Hampshire said he will not be attending President Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Portsmouth on Saturday due to the combination of crowds and danger of exposure to the corona virus.
But Governor Chris Sununu said he would greet the President upon his arrival in the state.
“As a governor, I will always be there to greet the President and I will,” he said at a news conference on Tuesday.
But he remarked, “I will not be in the crowd of thousands of people.”
“As a governor, I try to be extra careful with myself and the family,” he added. He and his wife Valerie have three children.
New Hampshire Republican Governor Chris Sununu will not be attending President Trump’s campaign rally on Saturday because of the corona virus
Vice President Mike Pence wore a mask on Wednesday during the Coronavirus Task Force briefing and both he and Dr. Deborah Birx encouraged people to wear masks
More republicans split with President Donald Trump over the security measures of the corona virus
New Hampshire has not seen the same spike in coronavirus infections that have plagued states like Florida, Texas and Arizona. Sununu praised the state’s tough policy of fighting the pandemic.
The Trump campaign will distribute hand sanitizer and face masks during the rally, the second for the president since the pandemic ended normal life. And, in a marked change from the President’s rally in Tulsa last month, visitors will be encouraged to wear the masks. Many people at the Tulsa rally never wore them.
“There will be adequate access to hand sanitizer and all attendees will be given a face mask that they are strongly encouraged to wear,” the president’s campaign said in the rally announcement.
Eight advanced Tulsa rally staff tested positive for the coronavirus, and most campaign staff isolated themselves after the event.
In addition, Trump does not have to obey the 14-day self-quarantine New Hampshire requests for all visitors in his state when he arrives on Saturday.
“If you come alone for an event or go shopping here, the 14-day quarantine does not apply,” said Sununu.
His office also noted that Sununu will wear a mask when he greets President Trump when he arrives at Portsmouth Airport – a notable statement that comes as more and more Republicans split with Trump when it comes to the safety of the corona virus.
Vice President Mike Pence has been seen wearing a mask at public events – although mostly outside the White House. He carried one at the start of the Coronavirus Task Force briefing on Wednesday, which took place at the Department of Education.
“Wear a mask where you can’t distance yourself,” said Pence.
“Masks can be a fashion statement,” noted Dr. Deborah Birx on during the briefing.
In Texas, which has seen a spike in coronavirus cases, Republican Governor Greg Abbott, a close Trump ally, issued a national mandate for people to wear face masks.
The announcement came after he halted the reopening process: closing the bars, limiting restaurants to 50 percent capacity, and ending elective operations in corona virus hotspots.
Abbott noted that “Covid-19 is not leaving. It gets even worse. ‘
Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott, a close ally of Trump, gave a national mandate for people to wear face masks
Texas has seen a spike in coronavirus cases and is withdrawing its reopening measures
During the pandemic, Trump opposed wearing a face mask despite CDC recommendations. He was captured on a Ford factory tour of Michigan in May, but that image was taken back on stage. Trump had removed the cover when he went to the media.
He told Fox Business last week that he had put it back on “in a tight situation.”
“I wouldn’t have a problem,” he said.
“Actually I had a mask on, I liked the way I looked, I thought it was good. It was a dark black mask and I thought it looked good. It was like the “Lone Ranger,” Trump said.
Many Congressional Republicans, including top party leaders, encourage people to wear a mask.
Republican leader of the house, Kevin McCarthy, posted a photo of himself on Instagram for the fourth of July, wearing a flag-themed face mask as he joined public health officials to encourage Americans to put on the covers.
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell has been advocating face masks for weeks and regularly wearing one in the corridors of the Capitol.
“It’s not confusing,” McConnell said during a stop in his home state of Kentucky on Monday. “The most important thing we can all do, not only to protect ourselves, but also our friends and colleagues – the most important thing we can do is wear a mask.”
He also rebuked those who did not and who returned a mass to normal, like spiked coronavirus cases across the country.
Obviously, when we reopened the economy, many people thought, “Let the good times roll,” McConnell said. “And we’ve seen cases of cases.”
Fear of the coronavirus keeps some lawmakers away from the Republican National Convention in Jacksonville, Florida, in August.
Senior Republican Senator Chuck Grassley, 86, announced on Monday that he would be absent for concern for the coronavirus.
‘I’m not going. And I’m not going because of the virus situation, ”he said Des Moines Register.
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell has been arguing for face masks for weeks and regularly wearing one in the halls of the Capito
Republican leader of the house, Kevin McCarthy, posted a photo of himself on Instagram for the fourth of July wearing a flag-themed face mask as he joined public health officials to encourage Americans to wear a mask
President Donald Trump has resisted wearing a face mask in public, although he was caught wearing a backstage on a Ford factory tour of Michigan in May
Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, 80, also said he would not go. His office said on Tuesday that he “believes that delegates’ seats should be reserved for those who have not had that privilege before, as he has had.”
Alexander will retire from the Senate when his term ends this year. In May he quarantined himself after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.