The president was, however, surrounded by factory workers wearing the additional personal protective equipment (PPE). “Attention, face mask is required in this area,” read the sign in the area of the factory President Trump visited.
“Please wear your mask at all times,” was another of the safety advisories near the site’s entrance.
However, Trump did not abide by the safety rules and decided not to wear one while watching workers.
A White House official disclosed that the facility said officials did not have to wear PPE, but were asked to take all precautions instead.
The Republican leader was not specific about his outlook on wearing a mask before leaving on his trip, as he told journalists at the White House that he might “wear” one, even though US citizens were advised to wear them to help fight the devastating pandemic.
Before he left for Arizona, he suggested he would wear a mask if it was a “mask facility”.
“If it’s a mask facility I will, yeah. I don’t know if it’s a mask facility,” he said.
The tour was guided by Honeywell International Inc. CEO Darius Adamczyk and Honeywell International Inc. Vice President Tony Stallings.
During the event, the president observed staff members wearing face coverings as they manufactured masks to be sent to health care workers on the frontline of the fight against the virus.
Addressing workers after the visit, Trump said: “I just want to thank all the people at this incredible company, this incredible plant.
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Before he departed on the trip, Trump said: “Everybody traveling has been tested. Literally they have been tested over the last hour and the test results come back in 5 minutes.
“We have great testing or they wouldn’t be allowed to travel with me. It’s not my choice, it’s a very strong group of people that want to make sure that they are tested, including Secret Service. They’re all tested – everyone traveling on the plane.”
Paul Gosar spent two weeks in March in self-isolation after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for the virus while attending CPAC.
The dentist-turned-congressman closed his offices and wrote he would rather die “gloriously in battle” than from the disease.
“Been thinking about life and mortality today,” Mr Gosar tweeted at the time.
“I’d rather die gloriously in battle than from a virus. In a way it doesn’t matter. But it kinda does.”
After the visit, Trump was interviewed by ABC News’ David Muir about the country’s controversial lockdown easing: “There’ll be more death, than the virus will pass, with or without a vaccine”.
During the interview, the president predicted that there would be “more death” due to Covid-19, as states start reopening the economy by allowing businesses to operate.
Trump said: “It’s possible there will be some because you won’t be locked into an apartment or a house or whatever it is,
“But at the same time, we’re going to practice social distancing, we’re going to be washing hands, we’re going to be doing a lot of the things that we’ve learned to do over the last period of time.”