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Trump's on-and-off mask: He mostly skips face covering at Ford plant in Michigan


May 21, 2020, 4:10 PM by  Allan Lengel

Update:

Original post, Thursday afternoon:

People wondered whether President Donald Trump would wear a mask during his visit Thursday to a Ford Motor Co. plant in Ypsilanti, which produces ventilators. The plant policy is to wear a mask, and Attorney General Dana Nessel issued an open letter Wednesday saying he should as "a social and moral responsibility."

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But Trump stayed true to form, mostly.

Shortly after 4 p.m., he was seen at the plant without a mask talking to Ford officials, who wore masks including Ford Chairman William Clay Ford Jr. and CEO Bill Hackett.  

Trump, when questioned by reporters at the Rawsonville plant, said he had a mask on before in another area, but he was given a choice whether to wear one.

When asked if Trump was given a choice, Ford shrugged and said: “It’s up to him." The company later gave reporters a bit more:

The president also said he didn't want to give journalists the pleasure of seeing him wear one. 

Nessel tweeteed Thursday afternoon: "Trump refused to wear a face mask during his tour of the Ford plant in Ypsilanti today, despite numerous requests that he do so. Trump does not care about the safety of Michiganders."



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