Trump visits Michigan Ford plant amid political tensions, does not wear mask


Despite warnings from the CDC about a second wave of infections, President Donald Trump says he won't shut down the country again.

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"I didn't want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it", Trump said. "We're going to look at it".

Dr. Anthony Fauci is urging officials to be on alert. "The President later removed the mask for the remainder of the visit", the company said in a statement.

With little more than five months left until the presidential election, Mr Trump is behind his Democratic rival Joe Biden in national polls - as well as some battleground states such as MI, which he won four years ago.

Trump met with several of the company's top officials, including Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford Jr. and CEO Jim Hackett, while not wearing a face mask in violation of the company's safety protocols and not long after.

It turned out that not everyone agrees with Trump's fear that the mask would affect his image as a leader.

Trump has been against wearing masks when making visits.

"We are going to put out the fires, we're not going to close the country, we're going to put out the fire", Trump said on Thursday, referring to a second wave.

The explanation did little to assuage the president's detractors, however, many of whom insist his refusal to wear a mask puts himself and others at risk of the lethal virus - which, to date, has infected more than 1.5 million people in the United States and killed almost 95,000, according to data gathered by Johns Hopkins University.

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President Donald Trump was photographed not wearing a mask while touring a Ford manufacturing plant in MI despite being told by the MI attorney general that he had a "legal responsibility" to wear one.

CNN anchorman Wolf Blitzer asked her "Is the president no longer welcome in MI?"

Referring to states like California that didn't reopen as soon as other Trump said, "I don't think the people are going to stand for it".

Trying to signal to the nation that life is returning to normal, the president has begun traveling again, with all of his initial trips to states that will be hotly contested in this November's election.

The president has been warned that the 2020 race is going to be much tougher than his surprise victory in 2016.

In the early days of the crisis, Whitmer and other governors and medical workers clamored for ventilators, fearing a shortage of the machines would prove deadly as the virus made breathing hard for the scores of afflicted patients who were being brought to hospitals. I saw a scene today where people tried to break into a church. not to break in and steal something. The U.S. started its lockdown in mid-March.

Whitmer spoke with Trump on Wednesday. We've got to stop demonizing one another and really focus on the fact that the common enemy is the virus.

Trump is tested for the coronavirus daily, which he says means he does not need to wear a mask.

The Obamas, Clintons, and the George W. Bush family all said Thursday that Jerman was a kind and generous man who helped make the vast and sometimes cold and unfriendly White House feel like a home.