Over the last few weeks, as Donald Trump has attempted to garner more public support for his policies by appearing at various factories alongside their CEOs and workers and promoting himself as a “man of the people” touring workplaces, the one relatable thing that’s been conspicuously missing has been the use of personal protective equipment, or PPE.
No matter where he’s gone, no matter who else in either his entourage or inside the various facilities has been wearing PPE, Trump has steadfastly refused, other than to don a pair of safety goggles at a stop in Arizona to visit a Honeywell manufacturing facility two weeks ago.
Trump has even tried to claim that he actually was wearing a mask at one stop, but claimed no one saw him because he was only wearing it “backstage” — a location that doesn’t exist in a factory, and a word that should tell you everything you need to know about what he thinks of these appearances.
But Trump’s next planned trip, to a Ford Motor Company building converted to a ventilator-producing facility in Ypsilanti, Michigan in just two days, should be a different story, according to Ford spokesperson Rachel McCleery. She told Detroit business magazine Crain’s:
Our policy is that everyone wears PPE to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 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.”
That means that not only is Trump expected to follow the rules, but that it’s confirmed in advance that the White House is aware of the requirement — meaning that if Trump is seen there without one, it will be due to an invocation of special privilege just because he doesn’t want to wear it. If Trump were to outright cancel his trip over the revelation that he’s going to be required to wear a mask, it would be a devastating blow to his public messaging.
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The White House, despite having already been notified by Ford of the requirement, has yet to confirm that Trump will indeed employ a mask during his visit.
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