Does This Photo Show Trump Wearing a Protective Mask?

Grant Boone
May 23, 2020

When he was reportedly asked why he was not wearing a mask at the time of the press interaction, Trump said that the area where they were at was safe because everyone here, him included, had been tested. Reporters traveling with the president, who were not with him for the whole tour, asked him if he wore a mask.

President Trump visited a Ford plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan, and sent the mainstream media into a flurry over the fact that he did not wear a facial covering in accordance with the state's strict social distancing laws amid the coronavirus outbreak.

President Trump holds his protective face mask as he speaks while touring Ford's Rawsonville Components Plant that has been converted to making personal protection and medical equipment, Thursday, May 21, 2020, in Ypsilanti, Mich.

"I was given a choice", he said.

"Today I'm identifying houses of worship - churches, synagogues and mosques - as essential places that provide essential services", Trump said during a hastily arranged press conference at the White House, where he didn't take questions. "I want it open, and we're going to open, and if there's a fire, an ember, a flame someplace, we put it out".

"I had one on before", Trump told reporters during the visit.

"I said, 'You better put it out.' And they're doing it", Trump said Thursday at a Ford Motor Co. plant repurposed to make ventilators in MI. "It's not right. So I'm correcting this injustice and calling houses of worship essential". He said he also wore googles.

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Even though Trump admitted that there was a "distinct possibility" the nation would see a second wave of infections, he argued that it would not be necessary to lock down the country again while visiting a Ford plant in MI.

Now while this may be simply viewed as President Trump maintaining his "strong" image before the press (Trump has been extremely averse to the wearing of face masks while in public), the state of MI was none too pleased with Trump not wearing a mask while he was at Ford's Ypsilanti factory.

Pictures of Donald Trump wearing a face mask while on a visit in MI have emerged. The Federalist's David Marcus even went as far to say Trump wearing a mask would be a "searing image of weakness". "I think it sets an example both ways".

He held up a dark-coloured mask bearing the presidential seal.

In a statement Thursday afternoon, the Ford Motor Company added: "Bill Ford encouraged President Trump to wear a mask when he arrived". It wasn't clear if that last bit was meant for Ford's great-grandson and the company's current executive chairman William Clay Ford, who was present, or maybe just employees of the factory, like, by association.

Trump shot back at Nessel on Thursday night, marking his third feud in recent days with a female Democrat in MI, a key swing state.

"Hi! After struggling with our Gov & SOS, impressed you know my name". The auto industry has been thriving for years bc of our incredible auto workers & companies.

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