President Donald Trump traveled on Thursday to the state of Michigan, which will play a crucial role in the upcoming presidential election, to visit a Ford Motor plant. During a visit to the plant, the President again appeared in front of reporters without a protective mask.
In Michigan, Trump visited a Ford factory that had been converted to produce ventilators during the pandemic and met with leaders of the state’s African-American community to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic on vulnerable populations.
The President did not wear a mask during the visit, although Ford management confirmed on Tuesday that visitors to all businesses owned by the company must wear masks.
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, who is being considered as a Vice Presidential candidate on Joe Biden’s team, has faced opposition in recent weeks to her decisions to impose strict restrictions on non-proliferation of the virus. Trump supported the street protests that are now being held in the capital of Michigan by Whitmer’s opponents.
At a meeting with African-American leaders, the President spoke about the need to open churches that, like other organizations, have suffered from social distancing policies aimed at curbing the spread of the virus.
“We must open our churches. People want to enter them. Today I saw a scene where people tried to break into the Church… you can’t hack or steal something there. They wanted to be in their Church,” Trump said, adding that he expects the Centers for disease control and prevention to release guidance on opening places of worship as early as Thursday.
Whitmer, on Thursday, moved to further open up the Michigan economy with a series of Executive Orders.