President Donald Trump has a face covering with the presidential seal on it, but he refused to wear it Thursday on the public part of his tour of a Ford plant in Michigan despite ,
The president was given a mask by Ford. He was photographed wearing a mask at the plant, and a source familiar with the matter confirmed the authenticity of the photo.
“I wore one in the back area, but I didn’t want to press to get the pleasure of seeing it,” Trump told reporters during an appearance at a Ford plant in Ypsilanti that is making ventilators to combat the coronavirus.
He then displayed the black face covering, which has the presidential seal in the corner. “I think I look better in the mask,” Trump said before offering a different explanation for why he wasn’t wearing it. “I’m making a speech, so I won’t have it on now,” he said.
He then said he didn’t need a mask because he’d been tested earlier in the day, as were the people he was meeting with. In a statement, the company said Executive Chairman Bill Ford had “encouraged”
Trump to wear a mask when he arrived. “He wore a mask during a private viewing of three Ford GTs from over the years. The president later removed the mask for the remainder of the visit,” the statement said.
Ford made the White House aware of its policy ahead of Trump’s visit that “everyone wears PPE to prevent the spread of COVID-19” inside the plant, but it also made it clear ,that company officials wouldn’t challenge the president. “We have shared our policies and recommendations. The White House has its own safety and testing policies in place and will make its own determination,”