Trump Tours Face Mask Factory Sans Face Mask As Song Perfectly Capturing His COVID-19 Response Plays In Background
The nation's president refused to wear a facial covering despite strong recommendations from the CDC for the entire public to do so.
May 06, 2020 at 4:22 pm
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.