The Chicago Tribune reports:
Pandemic politics shadowed President Donald Trump’s trip to Michigan on Thursday to highlight lifesaving medical devices, with the president and officials from the electoral battleground state clashing over federal aid, mail-in ballots and face masks.
Trump visited Ypsilanti, outside Detroit, to tour a Ford Motor Co. factory that had been repurposed to manufacture ventilators, the medical breathing machines governors begged for during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
His arrival came amid a long-running feud with the state’s Democratic governor and a day after the president threatened to withhold federal funds over the state’s expanded vote-by-mail effort. And, again, the president did not wear a face covering despite a warning from the state’s top law enforcement officer that a refusal to do so might lead to a ban on Trump’s return.
“I didn’t want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it,” President Trump says while touring the Ford plant. He claims he wore one when he wasn’t around reporters.
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) May 21, 2020
Journey is blasting as Trump answers questions during the Ford tour. They’re trying to recreate the rally feeling for him. pic.twitter.com/zEQ1aji8Ua
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 21, 2020
WATCH: Trump says it’s “not necessary” to wear a face mask as he tours Ford’s plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan, where the automaker is building ventilators. He added he had worn one earlier in the day, in a different area pic.twitter.com/Dz5H32cQcV
— Bloomberg QuickTake (@QuickTake) May 21, 2020
Standing in front of a group of Ford executives who are *all* wearing protective masks, Trump claims he wore a mask “before” in “this back area.” Pressed on the unverified claim (he hasn’t been photographed wearing one), Trump said, “I didn’t want to give the press the pleasure.” pic.twitter.com/IPgjNzN1Uk
— The American Independent (@AmerIndependent) May 21, 2020