Fallout after Trump doesn't wear a mask in public

The president did not publicly wear a face mask during a visit to a Ford plant in Michigan that’s currently making ventilators.
2:34 | 05/22/20

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To Washington now and the latest on president trump. Our new ABC news poll with ipsos showing less than 40% approve of the president's handling of the coronavirus crisis and the present under fire this morning for, again, appearing in public without a mask during a visit to a Ford plant in Michigan. That's currently making ventilators. Senior white house correspondent Cecilia Vega joins us from Washington with more. Cecilia, good morning. Reporter: Hey, whit, good morning. Despite the warnings from the state's top law enforcement officer there, the factory's own rules and, of course, CDC guidelines recommending facial coverings, president trump again refused to wear a mask in public. On a tour of a Ford motor plant that now makes life-saving ventilators president trump openly flouted not just the factory's policy requiring masks but Michigan law too. The president surrounded by auto executives, everyone socially distanced and everyone wearing masks except him. At one point he held up a face shield and showed off a mask of his own complete with the presidential seal. By the way, here is my mask right here. And I like it very much. I actually honestly I think I look better in the mask. I really D I look better in the mask but I'm making a speech. Reporter: In front of the white house press corps traveling with him he never put it on. I had one on before. I wore one in this back area but I didn't want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it. Reporter: He said it just wasn't necessary. Everybody has been tested and I've been tested, in fact, I was tested this morning. So it's not necessary. Reporter: Ford warned the white house about the policy well before the president's arrival. But with the president standing right next to him, Ford's chairman would only say this. Mr. Ford, can you confirm that the president was told it's okay not to wear one in this area? It's up to him. Reporter: Later after the president left, the company issued a statement saying bill Ford encouraged the president to wear a mask and that while he complied during a private viewing of Ford cars, he then removed it for the remainder of the visit. After he left Michigan's attorney general let her outramgs be known. The president is like a petulant child who refuses to follow the rules. Reporter: The attorney general reminded the president Michigan is a hard hit state with more than 5,000 deaths. She says her office will now be having a serious conversation with Ford about this violation of state law and she added that president trump is no longer welcome in Michigan. Of course, Amy, this is a crucial battleground state. Yeah, certainly it, Cecilia Vega, thank you for that.

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