MICHIGAN (VINnews) — During a visit on Thursday to a Ford plant which formerly made cars but has now been refurbished to manufacture ventilators, President Donald Trump once again toured the facility without wearing a face mask—despite the company saying it has adopted the policy of the White House requiring everyone to wear a mask “at all times.”
When reporters questioned Trump’s behavior, the president answered that he had indeed worn a mask “in the back area” but “didn’t want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it.” Trump also claimed that it was “unnecessary” for him to wear it as he’d been tested. However company executives, reporters and other individuals around the president all donned masks.
Pressed whether wearing a mask would set a good example, Trump replied evasively that he thinks “it sets an example both ways.” Handed a mask moments later, Trump held it up but didn’t place it on. “I like it very much,” he exclaimed. “Honestly, I think I look better in the mask!” Earlier in the day, the Michigan attorney general said she would consider suing companies that allow Trump inside their facilities without a mask, adding that the president will be “asked not to return to any enclosed facilities inside our state.”
Ford later released a statement backing Trump’s claim that he briefly wore a mask while viewing some classic cars before he met reporters : “[Executive Chairman] Bill Ford encouraged President Trump to wear a mask when he arrived. He wore a mask during a private viewing of three Ford GTs from over the years. The President later removed the mask for the remainder of the visit.” Later, images emerged of Trump briefly wearing the mask.