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COVID19: Ford says Trump wore mask, then took it off


The USA 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 offer the press the pleasure of seeing” him wear it while he was on camera.
“I didn’t want to offer the press the pleasure of seeing it,” he said. “In the rear area I did have a mask on. I had goggles and a mask right back there.”

While speaking without a face covering -- next to others wearing masks -- the president added that masks weren't necessary within the front of the plant, where he was standing. “They’re not necessary here. Everybody’s been tested, actually i used to be tested this morning so it’s not necessary,” the president said. “I was given a choice and that i had one on in a neighborhood where they preferred it.”

He continued, “I honestly - i feel I look better within the mask, but i'm making a speech, so I won’t have it now.”

When asked if it had been true that it wasn’t required that the president wear a mask, Ford’s CEO, Jim Hackett, told reporters, “It’s up to him.”

In a statement Thursday afternoon, the Ford Motor Company added: “Bill Ford encouraged President Trump to wear a mask when he arrived. He wore a mask during a personal viewing of three Ford GTs from over the years. The president later removed the mask for the rest of the visit.” Bill Ford, the great-grandson of Ford , has been the company’s executive chairman.

Earlier in the week , the corporate announced that Trump and anyone who accompanied him on his visit to the plant, which has been manufacturing ventilators, were recommended to wear a mask.
“Our policy is that everybody wears PPE [personal protective equipment] to stop the spread of COVID-19,” the corporate told Fox News. “We shared all of Ford’s safety protocols, including our manufacturing playbook, employee pamphlet and self-assessment survey with the White House before time and in preparation for this trip.”

“The White House has its own safety and testing policies in situ and can make its own determination,” the corporate added.

Earlier Thursday, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, a Democrat, urged the president to wear a mask on his visit.

“While my department won't act to stop you from touring Ford’s plant, I ask that while you're on the road you respect the good efforts of the lads and ladies at Ford – and across this state – by wearing a facial covering,” Nessel wrote. “It isn't just the policy of Ford, by virtue of the governor’s executive orders. it's currently the law of this state.”

Earlier this month, vice chairman Mike Pence came under attack for not wearing a mask while touring the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.

Pence addressed the controversy and told reporters that while he agreed with the rules from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] about wearing masks to contain the spread of coronavirus, he and everybody around him was tested for the virus regularly.
“When the CDC issued those guidelines, it had been their recognition that folks which will have it's going to prevent transmitting by wearing a mask,” the vice chairman said. “Since I don’t have it, i assumed it might be an honest opportunity to be here, speak to those guys and appearance them within the eye.”

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