Trump Doesn’t Wear Mask To Ford Plant After Hinting He Might

President Donald Trump attempted to create some suspense this week over whether he might actually wear a face mask when he toured a Ford Motor Co. plant on Thursday.

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.

Although Trump hinted to reporters on at least two occasions he might cover his face during the visit, there was no disguising his lack of a face covering during the visit. 

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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