NPR: Trump Briefly Dons Face Mask At Ford Plant, Away From Media View


President Trump on Thursday briefly wore a protective face mask during his visit to a Ford Motor Co. plant — away from reporters' view — after stoking concern about his resistance to wearing the expert-recommended gear.

Trump visited an Ypsilanti, Mich., Ford plant that has been repurposed to create medical supplies amid the coronavirus crisis. Reporters traveling with the president, who were not with him for the whole tour, asked him if he wore a mask. Trump replied: "I had one on before. I wore one on in this back area. I didn't want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it." He said he also wore goggles.

Asked why he wasn't wearing a mask in front of the press and representatives from Ford before making remarks at the plant, Trump said, "In this area ... it's not necessary here. Everybody's been tested, and I've been tested."

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