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Trump: “I don’t want to give the press the pleasure of seeing me wearing a mask”

For Donald Trump, the decision to wear a mask in public events has become a matter of pride. On Thursday, during his visit to a Ford plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan, the US president said he does not want to “give the press the pleasure of seeing him wearing a mask”. He said this after days of criticism for not leading by example with one of the basic recommendations of his Administration to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Ford President and CEO Jim Hackett said it was up to the president whether or not to wear the mask. However, the company protocol requires all workers and visitors to wear it for safety. Trump maintained that he put on a mask in some facilities and joked that he “honestly” believed he looked “better” with it. He took it off, he said, to give the speech. “I carried one in the back area. I didn’t want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it,” he told reporters.

The Republican president visited the company’s plant to highlight its use to manufacture fans after the increase in national demand due to the pandemic. When Trump announced the trip, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel sent him an open letter urging him to respect executive orders issued by Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer arguing that it was his “legal responsibility.”

Following the visit, Nessel told CNN that Trump was no longer welcome in the state after defying its law, describing him as “a smug kid who refuses to follow the rules.”

The chairman of the board of directors and great-grandson of the car company’s founder, Bill Ford, “encouraged President Trump to wear a face mask when he arrived,” the car company reported. The statement published this Thursday afternoon stated that the president was with his face covered during the initial phase of the tour, but that later “he took off his mask during the rest of the visit.” The protocol that the company sent to the staff of the White House reported that the use of the mask was necessary.

On the other hand, Trump announced on his Twitter account that the flags will fly at half-mast for the next three days in federal buildings and national monuments across the country in memory of the Americans killed by the pandemic. It’s something Democratic leaders in Washington – Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer – called for hours earlier. The death toll since the outbreak began already exceeds 94,000 and the confirmed contagions total one and a half million.

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