Trump Visits Another Mask Facility Without Wearing a Mask — This Time In Pennsylvania




President Donald Trump visited a mask distribution center in Pennsylvania without wearing a mask on Thursday, media outlets reported.

Trump toured Owen & Minor Inc. in Allentown and also spoke about the administration’s work in distributing personal protective equipment (PPE) during the pandemic, The Hill reported. Owen & Minor Inc. has sent millions of surgical gowns, N95 respirator masks, and gloves to hospitals, according to NBC.

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and supply chain leader Rear Adm. John Polowczyk both wore face masks and employees who listened to Trump speak also wore face coverings, photos of the visit showed, according to The Hill.

In his first visit outside of Washington D.C. since the pandemic started, on May 5 Trump traveled to a Honeywell mask plant in Arizona without wearing a mask, CNN reported.

“I had a mask on for a period of time,” Trump said at the time, according to CNN. “I had it on back — backstage. But they said you didn’t need it, so, I didn’t need it. And by the way, if you noticed, nobody else had it on that was in the group.”

In early April, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a guidance recommending people wear face masks “in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.” The suggestion is aimed at reducing the possibility of spreading the virus, especially from asymptomatic people who may not know they are infected.

Trump said he wouldn’t be wearing a mask himself, media outlets reported in April after the CDC issued its recommendations.

“I just don’t want to wear one myself,” Trump told reporters, according to Newsweek. “It’s a recommendation, they recommend it. I’m feeling good. Somehow, sitting in the Oval Office behind that beautiful resolute desk, the great resolute desk, I think wearing a face mask as I greet presidents, prime ministers, dictators, kings, queens, I don’t know. Somehow, I don’t see it for myself. I just don’t.”

“Maybe I’ll change my mind,” Trump continued. “But this will pass and hopefully it will pass very quickly.”

Vice President Mike Pence didn’t wear a mask during a visit to the Mayo Clinic in April, Business Insider reported. He said he didn’t wear one because he had tested negative for the coronavirus and wanted to “look [the health care personnel] in the eye and say thank you,” according to Business Insider.

Pence’s press secretary and Trump’s military valet tested positive for the coronavirus last week, according to NPR. Trump said after those diagnoses that testing at the White House would now be conducted daily instead of weekly for Trump and those around him, the outlet reported.

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