During his visit to the Ford Motor Company, which turned its production into the manufacture of respirators and personal protective equipment for the pandemic, the president was informed that all visitors are required to wear a face mask while inside the facility.
Surrounded by company executives wearing masks, Trump told reporters: “I was wearing one before. But I didn’t want to give the press the pleasure of seeing me that way. ” And he took a mask out of his pocket, pointing to it.
The 73-year-old Republican has consistently ignored suggestions from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, urging Americans to wear masks when in close contact with others in an effort to curb the spread of the coronary artery.
Ford chairman Bill Ford, for his part, said he had “encouraged President Trump to wear a mask when he arrived” at the plant, but added: “It depends on him. [αν θα την φορέσει]».
The company later announced that the US president was wearing a mask during a private demonstration of three Ford GT two-seater sports cars.
Prior to Trump’s visit, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel had warned that the use of a face mask was mandatory in the state – and if Trump did not do so, he would be asked not to return to a closed facility there.
At least two people working at the White House and close to Trump were recently diagnosed with Covid-19.
It is recalled that in recent days, Donald Trump has provoked mixed reactions by revealing that he has been taking the controversial drug hydroxychloroquine for more than a week, despite doctors’ concerns about dangerous side effects, as a precautionary measure against coronary heart disease.
More than 94,000 people have died from coronary heart disease in the United States, according to Johns Hopkins University. The country also has more than 1.5 million confirmed cases, with the president claiming to consider it a “title of honor” because it demonstrates the large number of diagnostic tests performed in the United States.
(with information from Guardian, Skynews)