AGENCIES, Phoenix: Practise what you preach is an adage which sensible people would follow without hesitating. However, there are exceptions to the rule when you are US President Donald Trump.
President Donald Trump toured a new medical mask factory in Arizona on Tuesday without wearing a protective face mask. He took this trip out of Washington to visit a state he hopes to win in the November election even as Americans avoid travel to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Touching down in Phoenix in midafternoon, Trump visited a Honeywell International Inc factory making N95 face masks for healthcare workers. The facility was rushed into service in less than five weeks because of a shortage of the protective equipment and is producing face masks for the US Department of Health and Human Services.
Although workers at the facility wore protective masks and a mandatory safety sign on display read: “Attention: Face Mask Required in this Area. Thank You!” Trump chose to ignore it and carry on business as usual.
The US government has encouraged Americans since early April to wear masks to avoid spreading the virus even when not feeling any symptoms of COVID-19. Trump occasionally mentions he will comply but has so far declined to wear a mask himself.
The White House did not immediately respond to a query on why Trump did not wear a face mask at the Honeywell plant.