The images emerged after a state attorney general called Trump a "petulant child" because he allegedly refused to wear the covering during a tour of a plant belonging to the Ford auto company. It would signal that the United States is so powerless against this invisible enemy sprung from China that even its president must cower behind a mask. "We're bringing our medicines back and many other things too".
"We must produce critical equipment, supplies, pharmaceuticals, technologies for ourselves", Trump added. "We can not rely on foreign nations to take care of us, especially in times of difficulty".
Trump, who has said he is taking a drug not proven effective for the coronavirus after two White House staffers tested positive in recent weeks, did not wear a mask during any of his public events at the plant in the city of Ypsilanti even though Ford on Tuesday reiterated its policy that all visitors must wear them. "It's a highly transmissible virus".
"True national independence requires economic independence", Trump said. Trump replied: "I had one on before, I wore one on in this back area". According to an NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll published this week, 77 percent of American adults say that they worry about a second wave of coronavirus happening as more businesses across the country reopen. "That's something. But you did not despair".
"A permanent lockdown is not a strategy for a healthy state or a healthy country". You can't do that, ' he said. Just this week, I spoke to five countries. They called the restrictions unconstitutional and unfair since restaurants, malls and bars were allowed limited reopening. "And I'm sending them over". "The President later removed the mask for the remainder of the visit".
"America is very proud of Ford. But we are not closing our country".
When asked what example it would send to other Americans, Trump simply stated that it will set an example both ways since he did wear a face mask, albeit inconsistently. When you look at suicides - I mean, take a look at what's going on. "It's a great feeling to know everything we are doing here and each assembly we make is saving somebody's life". 93,000 people have died in the United States.
When media asked Trump to explain why he was the only person not wearing a face mask, he responded that he had been wearing one earlier but had taken it off.
"A never-ending lockdown would invite a public health calamity". State economies have been returning to some semblance of normalcy despite concerns from health experts some areas are not yet prepared to lift their stay-at-home orders.