Trump says he finally wore a mask and 'it looked very nice'

Henrietta Brewer
May 23, 2020

President Trump on Thursday said he removed his face mask during a tour of a Ford plant in MI because he "didn't want to give the press the pleasure" of seeing him wearing the protective covering.

Thursday's visit to a Ford components plant in Ypsilanti is meant to highlight a facility that was repurposed to build ventilators after concerns were raised about a nationwide shortage.

Trump, a Republican seeking re-election on November 3, has urged states to loosen coronavirus-related restrictions so the battered USA economy can recover even as public health experts warn that premature relaxation of restrictions could lead to a second wave of infections.

"You know, people are dying the other way, too".

"We must produce critical equipment, supplies, pharmaceuticals, technologies for ourselves", Trump added. "What I can say is that we are committed to using the time that we have now to get this nation as overprepared as possible".

President Trump visited a Ford plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan, and sent the mainstream media into a flurry over the fact that he did not wear a facial covering in accordance with the state's strict social distancing laws amid the coronavirus outbreak. "And I had one on in an area where they preferred it, so I put it on. But they said that it's not necessary", added Trump. "That's something. But you did not despair".

"Thanks to you, we'll stockpile over 100,000 new ventilators in the next few months", he said.

"I will be lowering the flags on all Federal Buildings and National Monuments to half-staff over the next three days in memory of the Americans we have lost to the Coronavirus", Trump said. "And I'm sending them over".

U.S. President Donald Trump said Friday that he has deemed churches and other houses of worship "essential" and called on governors across the country to allow them to reopen this weekend despite the threat of spreading the coronavirus.

"America is very proud of Ford".

With Ford just restarting United States operations last March 18, this recent fiasco could affect Ford's plans to ramp up production in MI.

CNBC shared at least one photo of Trump indeed wearing his mask.

"I didn't want to get sick or take it home to my family".

Ford started resuming operations in the United States on May 18, which includes restarting vehicle production at key plants and bringing back about 12,000 employees who are not able to do their jobs off-site.

When asked if Trump was told it was acceptable not to wear a mask in the plant, Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford said, "It's up to him".

"A never-ending lockdown would invite a public health calamity".

On the same day, President Trump tweeted that he would order US flags lowered to half-staff for three days in honor of Americans who have died from the novel coronavirus. You don't have the option of doing that. "Unlike many politicians and journalists, for those who earn a living with their own two hands, working remotely is just not an option".

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