Pandemic politics: Maskless Trump tours Michigan Ford plant

U.S. President Donald Trump holds a protective face mask with a presidential seal on it that he said he had been wearing earlier in his tour at the Ford Rawsonville Components Plant that is manufacturing ventilators masks and other medical supplies durin

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"The President later removed the mask for the remainder of the visit".

President Donald Trump said Thursday in MI that the country would not shut down during a potential second wave of COVID-19 in the same way it has over the previous two months, Fox News reported. "Now I want it open and we're gonna open".

"People say that's a very distinct possibility, it's standard", Trump said on the second wave of COVID-19 question.

Dr. Anthony Fauci is urging officials to be on alert. "I had goggles and a mask right back there".

Trump won in MI in the 2016 election, the first Republican to do so since 1988. It shows the president interacting with Ford Motor Company Executive Chairman Bill Ford, Jr., who is also wearing a mask.

Nessel told CNN that if Trump "fails to wear a mask, he's going to be asked not to return to any unclosed facilities inside our state".

He later said he did wear a mask for part of the tour, but not during the public portion because he didn't want the "press to see me wear it".

Trump has urged states to loosen coronavirus-related restrictions so the battered U.S. economy can recover even as public health experts warn that premature relaxation of restrictions could lead to a second wave of deadly infections. I saw a scene today where people tried to break into a church. not to break in and steal something.

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The Republican president and Whitmer have clashed during the coronavirus outbreak over her criticism of the federal government's response to the state's needs for medical equipment, like ventilators, and personal protective gear, such as gloves, masks and gowns.

Trump also touted economic projections and said that though the economy experienced a downturn due to the virus, "now, I'm going to do it again".

Trump narrowly won MI in 2016.

For reporters, Trump held up a navy blue cloth mask like those worn by many White House staffers. "But there's a reason for it, that's OK".

Trump, at the roundtable in front of a sign with his slogan for reopening the economy, "Transition to Greatness", noted low African American unemployment numbers before the pandemic and also pointed to his administration's work on criminal justice reform.

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

Pence made headlines earlier this month when he violated the Mayo Clinic's policy by not wearing a mask while visiting patients at the hospital. The U.S. started its lockdown in mid-March. "In fact I was tested this morning, so it's not necessary", he said.

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