President Donald Trump proved to be a “do as I say, not as I do,” type of leader during his trip to a mask factory while not wearing a mask.
The president flew to Phoenix, Arizona, on Tuesday to visit a Honeywell factory that makes N95 masks. Despite recommendations from the CDC to cover your face to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Trump was seen touring the factory with goggles on but without a facial covering, reports Yahoo.
At one point, Trump stood next to a green bin filled with readily available masks, yet he still did not put one on. Trump was accompanied by other White House and Honeywell officials who were also seen without facial coverings despite the factory requiring everyone to wear one.
A spokesperson for Honeywell told Business Insider that those attending the tour with Trump did not cover their faces because they were tested right before the president arrived and had received negative results.
"All others present were wearing masks and social distancing in accordance with Honeywell's site policy," the spokesperson said.
Press, secret service agents and factory workers did have masks on.
At one point during the tour, a Honeywell representative explained how the material stops particles from spreading. The president was even able to watch one employee create an N95, which the factory is producing millions of for the federal government.
The music playing at the workshop was found to be quite ironic.
Guns N’ Roses’ “Live and Let Die," happened to be was playing in the background at one point during the president's visit. The song's title seems to be quite the encapsulation for the president's rush for the nation to return to normal despite the pandemic continuing to to claim lives throughout the country and across the globe. On Tuesday, the president said the coronavirus task force will slow down its efforts around Memorial Day, reports The Hill. The virus itself hasn't shown strong enough evidence of slowing down.
“It's like disbanding the war cabinet in the middle of a war,” Lawrence Gostin, a Georgetown University public health professor, told the outlet. “It’s not like we’ve conquered COVID, and it’s not like it’s even on the downward trend.”
But many noted the irony of the song playing simply because Trump chose not to wear a mask while placing his hands all over the factory's inventory.
Trump & co touring a mask factory without masks to do nothing but place their bare hands and spittle on a freshly manufactured batch sums up the idiocy of this entire era. pic.twitter.com/PpLk4SooBH
— Bree Newsome Bass (@BreeNewsome) May 6, 2020
Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have both said they don’t need to wear masks, as they are tested for COVID-19 frequently, according to CNBC. Before departing for Arizona, the 73-year-old was asked whether or not he would cover his face while there.
“If it’s a masked facility, I will. I don’t know if it’s a masked facility,” he said.
After his visit, Trump praised Honeywell for its products.
“Moments ago we saw the brand new production lines where you’re making high-quality N95 respirators, and they are made to perfection,” Trump said after the visit. “There’s no bad masks like various countries have been sending. Bad masks from other places. Nothing like that at Honeywell.”
He also thanked the factory workers for their dedication.
“More than 150 Honeywell employees are working around the clock, three shifts a day six days a week,” he said. "Respirators are there to protect our heroic doctors and nurses as they fight the unseen enemy."
While in Arizona, Trump said the country needs to reopen despite the negative effects it will have for many people.
“I’m not saying anything is perfect, and yes, will some people be affected? Yes. Will some people be affected badly? Yes. But we have to get our country open and we have to get it open soon," he said, reports WUSA9.