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05/21/2020 17:13 EDT | Updated 05/22/2020 13:32 EDT

Trump Refuses To Wear Mask For Public Part Of Ford Tour To Spite Reporters

The president claimed he wore a mask privately but took it off before appearing in public because he “didn’t want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it."

President Donald Trump attempted to create some suspense this week over whether he might actually wear a face mask when he toured a Ford Motor Co. plant on Thursday.

But to no one’s surprise, the president was seen without a mask at the Rawsonville Components Plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan, even though Ford’s policy requires everyone to wear PPE at the facility to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Ford officials wore facial coverings while Trump, senior adviser Hope Hicks and chief of staff Mark Meadows went without masks for the public portion of the tour.

The president has been notoriously resistant to following the CDC guidelines regarding masks

Trump claimed he wore a mask privately but took it off before appearing in public because he “didn’t want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it,” according to CNN reporter Manu Raju.

Trump was seen wearing a mask on portions of the tour, as seen in the photo below.

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Bill Ford Jr., executive chairman of Ford Motor Co., points to a collection of Ford GT vehicles while talking with President Donald Trump in a mask during his visit to the Rawsonville plant in Ypsilanti on May 21. Mark Meadows, White House chief of staff, is standing in the middle.

The president had hinted to reporters on at least two occasions that he might cover his face during the visit. Ford officials initially said they would make the president follow the same rules as everyone else, but backpedaled and claimed they would defer to the White House’s own policies on mask-wearing.


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