But to no one’s surprise, the president toured the Rawsonville Components Plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan, completely maskless, even though Ford’s policy requires everyone to wear PPE at the facility to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Ford officials who initially said they would make the president follow the same rules as everyone else backpedaled and claimed they would defer to the White House’s own policies on mask-wearing.
That meant the Ford officials wore facial coverings while Trump, senior adviser Hope Hicks and chief of staff Mark Meadows went without masks.
Though the president has been notoriously resistant to following the CDC guidelines regarding masks, he claimed he actually wore a mask privately but took it off before appearing in public because he “didn’t want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it,” according to CNN reporter Manu Raju.
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