Ford Motors just became the first company to tell Trump he'll need to wear a mask when visiting
President Donald Trump has yet to be photographed wearing a mask. Vice President Mike Pence refused to wear one for awhile but then relented to public pressure after he was photographed being the only one without one during public visits. It wasn't exactly a good look for him.
Ford Motor Company announced on Tuesday that it told the White House that it will require President Trump and the people with him that they will have to put one on when he visits their Michigan factory of ventilators coming up soon.
“Our policy is that everyone wears PPE [personal protective equipment] to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” Ford said in the statement. "We shared all of Ford's safety protocols, including our manufacturing playbook, employee pamphlet and self-assessment survey with the White House ahead of time and in preparation for this trip."
It's not yet clear if the president will comply or not since his very visit violates Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer's order which stipulates that all manufacturing facilities “suspend all non-essential in-person visits, including tours.”
Trump has said in the past before visiting a Honeywell factory in Phoenix, Arizona that he would wear a mask if everyone else was but when he showed up he didn't have a mask on. So much for that promise.
Trump was later asked if he would comply with Ford's request and he said "I don't know."
“I haven’t even thought of it,” the president said. “It depends. In certain areas I would.”
“So, we’ll see. Where it’s appropriate, I will.”
The ironic thing about all this is that Trump is a big germophobe. You'd think he'd be the first one to put on a mask, but it turns out he's even more vain and being seen with a mask would make him look too weak in his mind.