President Donald Trump has made it clear he doesn't like wearing a mask.
But on Thursday he'll be expected to strap on one when he visits the Ford Raswsonville Plant in Ypsilanti that's producing ventilators. Photos of that presidential precaution for the first time in public are sure to be displayed prominently.
“Our policy is that everyone wears PPE to prevent the spread of Covid-19," Ford says in an email to TheDetroitBureau.com. "We shared all of Ford’s safety protocols, including our manufacturing playbook, employee pamphlet and self-assessment survey with the White House ahead of time and in preparation for this trip.”
Crain's Detroit Business reports that the trip violates the governor's order about non-essential plant tours. But the governor doesn't object.
"Ford and the UAW are doing incredible work for the country and their ingenuity will save lives," Whitmer's communications director, Zack Pohl, says in an email. "While the president's visit is contrary to the governor's order, this is an opportunity to showcase how important Michigan is to the response to Covid-19 and rebuilding our nation's economy.”