Photos show Trump did have mask at Ford factory
Pictures of Donald Trump wearing a face mask while on a Ford factory visit in Michigan have emerged – even though he refused to be seen wearing one in front of the media.
In a video published by Sky News, he can be seen wearing a navy blue mask. The images emerged after a state attorney general called Trump a “petulant child” because he had allegedly refused to wear a mask during the tour. Surrounded by Ford executives with masks, Trump had told reporters he had had one on earlier in the visit. “I wore one in the back area. I didn’t want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it,” he said.
Trump toured the factory in Ypsilanti, Michigan, which has been retooled to produce ventilators and personal protective equipment.
When asked whether Trump had been told it was acceptable not to wear a mask in the factory, the Ford executive chairman, Bill Ford, said: “It’s up to him.” The company had indicated before the visit that the president should wear a mask.
The Michigan state attorney general, Dana Nessel, had written to the White House saying it was the law in Michigan that everyone should wear a mask in such a setting – an indoor venue with many people present.
“The president is like a petulant child who refuses to follow the rules. This is not a joke,” she told CNN, adding that Trump’s behaviour was “extremely disappointing” and that thousands of people in Michigan had died from coronavirus.
The US death toll passed 94,000 on Thursday and there are more than 1.5m confirmed cases of Covid-19.
Trump said he had tested negative for Covid-19 on Thursday morning, but within the last week two senior aides have tested positive. The president has been taking the drug hydroxychloroquine as a prophylactic despite its being unproven for coronavirus and warnings from experts that it should not be taken for that purpose outside clinical trials.
▲ A photo posted on Twitter of Trump at the Ford factory