Trump tours Ford plant without a mask, defying company policy

Modesto Morganelli
Mag 23, 2020

President Donald Trump walks past a mobile test vehicle as he arrives to speak during a visit at the Ford Rawsonville Components Plant, after it reopened from the CCP virus restrictions in Ypsilanti, Michigan, on May 21, 2020. Trump replied: "I had one on before, I wore one on in this back area".

Donald Trump has come under fire for refusing to wear a mask during a factory tour in MI, where the face coverings are compulsory.

Despite the U.S. president bringing his own custom blue face mask with the presidential seal stamped on the front, Trump refused to put it on.

The majority of videos and photographs from the visit showed Trump touring the facility, delivering a speech, and speaking with Ford executives - all without a face covering.

As it turns out, this is a genuine photograph of Trump wearing a face mask during part of his visit to a Ford manufacturing plant in MI.

"This is not a joke, and he is conveying the worst possible message to people who can not afford to be on the receiving end of awful misinformation". In addition, Neseel said that the state of MI and Ford will have a serious talk with regards to what happened in Ypsilanti.

Whitmer added, "Threatening to take money away from a state that is hurting as bad as we are right now is just scary, and I think something that is unacceptable".

Answering press questions during a tour of the Ford factory in Michigan, Trump said "we are not closing our country" when asked whether another peak of the virus at the end of the year could force the U.S. in to a second lockdown.

Trump toured the Ford plant, which has been recast to produce ventilators and personal protective equipment, and held a roundtable discussion with African-American leaders concerning vulnerable populations hit by the virus.

A person familiar with the White House's thinking who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations said Trump had called the news conference, which had not been on his public schedule, because he wanted to be the face of church reopenings, knowing how well it would play with his base. Whitmer's performance during the outbreak has earned her high marks, however, as a recent poll fond 64 percent of the state's residents approve of the job she is doing, 21 percentage points higher than Trump's own job approval on the Covid-19 outbreak in MI. Today's events were extremely disappointing, and yet totally predictable. Her CNN appearance was about the importance of wearing a mask in public spaces-as is the policy at Ford.

There is no statement yet from Ford regarding the recent incident. Even William Clay Ford Jr. Still, Ford ultimately opted to defer to the determinations of the White House, Rachel McCleery, a company spokeswoman, said Tuesday. As of today, the state of MI now has 52,350 confirmed cases of COVID-19, along with over 5,000 deaths. With these kinds of figures, it's not surprising that the state was not happy with Ford and Trump.

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