Trump: I Didn’t Want to Give the Media the Pleasure of Seeing Me Wear a Mask

By Melanie Arter | May 21, 2020 | 4:35pm EDT
Ford Motor Company CEO Jim Hackett (L) and Executive Chairman of Ford William Clay Ford Jr. (C) tour with US President Donald Trump the Ford Rawsonville Plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan on May 21, 2020. (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)
Ford Motor Company CEO Jim Hackett (L) and Executive Chairman of Ford William Clay Ford Jr. (C) tour with US President Donald Trump the Ford Rawsonville Plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan on May 21, 2020. (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - When touring a Ford plant in Ypsilanti, Mich., President Donald Trump said Thursday that he wore a mask in the back but took it off before going before reporters, because he didn’t want to give them the pleasure of seeing him wearing one.

“Mr. President, there was a lot of interest about whether or not you would end up wearing a mask today. Can you take us to your thought process of where you decided not to?” a reporter asked.


“I did wear-- I had one on before. I wore one in this back area, but I didn’t want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it. I had it in the back area. I did put a mask on,” the president said, adding that he wore goggles too.
 
“I did. I had goggles and a mask,” Trump said.

When asked why he wasn’t wearing masks in the front where reporters were, the president said, “Because in this area, it’s not necessary here. Everybody’s been tested, and I’ve been tested. In fact, I was tested this morning, so it is not necessary. That's your choice. I was given a choice. I had one on in an area where they preferred it. So I put it on, and it was very nice. The equipment was very nice, but they said that it's not necessary here.”

“What about the example he would set for other Americans? a reporter asked.

“I think it sets an example both ways, and as they say, I did have it on,” Trump said.

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