Tuesday, 02 June, 2020

Trump visits MI as questions on masks and voting swirl

Michigan AG calls Trump 'a petulant child,' says he's no longer welcome in state after not wearing a mask Trump says he won't wear mask in front of cameras to avoid giving press 'the pleasure of seeing it'
Gustavo Carr | 23 May, 2020, 00:40

Asked why he wasn't wearing a mask in front of the press and representatives from Ford before making remarks at the plant, Trump said, "in this area.it's not necessary here, everybody's been tested and I've been tested". It showed the president wearing a mask that included the presidential seal.

Trump also accused her of "viciously threatening" Ford Motor Company over "the fact that I inspected a Ventilator plant without a mask", presumably referring to Nessel declaring that he won't be welcomed back to MI after he ignored Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) and Ford's mask requirement amid COVID-19.

Pandemic politics shadowed the trip to MI as he highlighted lifesaving medical devices, with the president and officials from the electoral battleground state clashing over federal aid, mail-in ballots and face masks.

Despite the USA president bringing his own custom blue face mask with the presidential seal stamped on the front, Trump refused to put it on, telling reporters "I didn't want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it".

"I had one before, but I didn't want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it".

Donald Trump has come under fire for refusing to wear a mask during a factory tour in MI, where the face coverings are compulsory. He added that he had also worn goggles.

Now while this may be simply viewed as President Trump maintaining his "strong" image before the press (Trump has been extremely averse to the wearing of face masks while in public), the state of MI was none too pleased with Trump not wearing a mask while he was at Ford's Ypsilanti factory.

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The commander-in-chief said there's a "very distinct possibility" that the deadly virus starts to spread again as states lift lockdown measures meant to control it.

During the roundtable discussion, Trump said he expected the CDC to put out guidance on reopening places of worship as soon as Thursday.

Beyond the astonishingly very bad optics of a president of the United States wearing a medical mask there is a practical reason for the commander in chief to forego them at public events. The company had indicated prior to the visit that the president should wear a mask at the factory. Bill Ford, the great-grandson of Henry Ford, has been the company's executive chairman.

Trump shot back at Nessel on Thursday night, marking his third feud in recent days with a female Democrat in MI, a key swing state.

Nessel also threatened legal action against Ford or any other company if they allowed him to enter their facilities without wearing a mask.

"Hi! After struggling with our Gov & SOS, impressed you know my name", she wrote. "Seems like you have a problem with all 3 women who run MI-as well as your ability to tell the truth". The auto industry has been thriving for years bc of our incredible auto workers & companies.