Asked about his decision during the tour, Trump claimed he wore a mask in a "back area", but took it off because he didn't want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it. I wore one in this back area. I'm feeling good. Somehow, sitting in the Oval Office behind that handsome resolute desk, the great resolute desk, I think wearing a face mask as I greet presidents, prime ministers, dictators, kings, queens, I don't know.
The explanation did little to assuage the president's detractors, however, many of whom insist his refusal to wear a mask puts himself and others at risk of the lethal virus - which, to date, has infected more than 1.5 million people in the United States and killed almost 95,000, according to data gathered by Johns Hopkins University. "They are like warriors", he said. "They want to be in their church", Trump said, adding that he expected the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to put out guidance on reopening places of worship as soon as Thursday.
Well I did wear - I had one on before. Do you think Trump should wear one?
Mr Trump was heading to a Ford Motor plant that had been repurposed to manufacture ventilators for the Covid-19 epidemic. The president did wear a mask while viewing historical cars out of the view of cameras, the company said.
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He also took time during his speech to criticize the UAW for supporting presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, saying "he doesn't know where his is", and to say his moves to end the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement "saved" the auto industry. "You proved that the American worker is "Built Ford" and you're 'Built Ford Tough.' A great expression", Trump said, praising the company's response to calls to build ventilators, which were in short supply in the early stages of the outbreak of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) virus, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
"Our policy is that everyone wears PPE [personal protective equipment] to prevent the spread of COVID-19", the company told Fox News.
CNN anchorman Wolf Blitzer asked her "Is the president no longer welcome in MI?" "It is now the law of this state".
The Mayo Clinic tweeted but then deleted a message that it "informed" Pence about its face-mask policy before his visit.
Despite Michigan's attorney general urging the president to comply with health guidelines, the president insisted it was unnecessary because he is regularly tested for coronavirus. Trump acknowledges that by not wearing a mask around other people he is setting an example for his followers. "Since I don't have it, I thought it would be a good opportunity to be here, speak to these guys and look them in the eye".
Instead, Trump - who publicly prizes strength and symbols of masculinity including height, firm handshakes and deep voices - suggested he considers it unseemly or unpresidential to be seen in a mask.