Pho­tos show Trump did have mask at Ford fac­tory

The Guardian - - World - Amy Walker Joanna Wal­ters

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.

PHO­TO­GRAPH: @REPSPEIER

▲ A photo posted on Twit­ter of Trump at the Ford fac­tory

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