Trump Ordered To Wear Face Covering On Michigan Trip: “It’s The Law”
Trump boards a plane Thursday to travel to Michigan, where he plans to tour a Ford facility. Ford has a firm policy that visitors to the plant must wear masks. Now, Michigan’s Attorney General has issued a letter reminding the president that it’s not just policy, but state law, that requires masks in all enclosed public spaces in the state.
Trump has consistently avoided wearing masks for these trips, and both his and Mike Pence’s public appearances without masks, in places where masks are expected by policy, have earned disapproval. He’s already been asked about his plans for the Michigan trip. BBC reported on Tuesday that Trump would not commit to wearing a mask in the state.
It depends on what situation. Am I standing right next to everybody,am I spread out? And also, you look, you know, what is it, is something a hospital, is it a ward, what is it exactly? I’m going to a plant, so we’ll see. Where it’s appropriate, I would do it, certainly.
On Wednesday, the Attorney General of Michigan, Dana Nessel, responded to this with a letter, telling Trump that wearing a mask is absolutely appropriate throughout his tour of the Ford plant.
Executive order 2020-92 requires that any individual able to medically tolerate a facial covering wear one when in any enclosed public space.
While my department will not act to prevent you from touring Ford’s plant, I ask that while you are on tour you respect the great efforts of the men and women at Ford — and across this state — by wearing a facial covering. It is not just the policy of Ford….it is currently the law of this state.
According to Trump’s public schedule, as shared by CNN White House correspondent Daniel Dale, Trump tours the Ford plant at 3pm Thursday afternoon. Whether he will wear a mask, or whether he will be required to in order to complete the tour, remains to be seen.