By Robert Schroeder, MarketWatch
President Donald Trump said Thursday that he wore a mask while touring a Ford plant in Michigan -- just not in front of the cameras.
"I didn't want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it," the president said at the automobile maker's (F) Ypsilanti, Mich., facility, which is now making ventilators to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.
Ford put out a statement after Trump's departure confirming the president had been explicitly encouraged by company chairman Bill Ford Jr. to wear a mask for his visit to the plant () and had worn it for a portion of his tour, before removing it.
"I was given a choice," Trump said, and David Nakamura of the Washington Post reported () that the chairman, asked whether it was all right with him that the president was in violation of company policy, said, "It's up to him."
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, a Democrat, who'd said earlier Thursday on CNN that if Trump did not wear a mask, "he's going to be asked not to return to any unclosed facilities inside our state," () reiterated in the aftermath of the president's apparent partial compliance with the state's mask requirement that he is no longer welcome in the state ( ).
Trump has refused to wear a mask, at least in public view, at the White House or other appearances.
Also read:Ford states mask requirement, but will Trump actually wear one on tour of plant? ()
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May 21, 2020 18:10 ET (22:10 GMT)
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