Pandemic Politics: Maskless Trump Tours Michigan Ford Plant


Trump skips mask at Michigan plant despite warnings from Ford, state attorney general | McClatchy Washington Bureau

"People say that's a very distinct possibility, it's standard", Trump said while touring a Ford factory in MI when asked by a reporter whether he was concerned about the possibility of a so-called second wave of the virus.

President Donald Trump on Thursday answered a question about the potential for a second wave of coronavirus cases by saying the United States was "not closing". "I think they're being forced to open, frankly, the people want to get out". "We're going to put out the fires".

Dr. Anthony Fauci is urging officials to be on alert.

"Whether it's an ember or it's a flame we're going to put it out", he added during a tour of a Ford vehicle plant in in the midwestern state of MI.

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The president said he wore a protective face mask - which photos of the event showed had a presidential seal - while touring the plant but took it off before he spoke to workers.

However, the president is tested daily, and said on Thursday that he had tested negative.

Trump has yet to publicly wear a mask since the beginning of the pandemic, a practice that has been encouraged to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. I saw a scene today where people tried to break into a church. not to break in and steal something. "I think you'll start with churches, I think you'll start with some other states that have been very resistant".

Company policy maintains that visitors wear protective equipment or garments such as masks.

Trump won in MI in the 2016 election, the first Republican to do since 1988.

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Someone nonetheless gained that pleasure, apparently taking a picture without the president's knowledge. "But there's a reason for it, that's OK".

And, Trump concluded, "Americans who need and want to return to work should not be vilified".

In the early days of the crisis, Whitmer and other governors and medical workers clamored for ventilators, fearing a shortage of the machines would prove deadly as the virus made breathing hard for the scores of afflicted patients who were being brought to hospitals. The U.S. started its lockdown in mid-March.

"I hope that if we do have the threat of a second wave, we will be able to deal with it very effectively to prevent it from becoming an outbreak not only worse than now but much, much less", Fauci said last Tuesday, in testimony delivered by video link.

"I made the case that, you know, we all have to be on the same page here. We've got to stop demonizing one another and really focus on the fact that the common enemy is the virus", Whitmer told CBS News.

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