Trump did not wear a mask in public in Michigan, which he visited after threatening its federal funds.
President Trump, who has defiantly refused to wear a mask in public despite the recommendations of federal health officials, toured a Ford plant in Ypsilanti, Mich., on Thursday with his face uncovered. It was against the factory’s guidelines and the urging of Michigan’s attorney general, who had written him earlier that it was “the law of this state.”
“I didn’t want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it,” Mr. Trump said. At one point during the tour, Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down” blared over the loudspeakers.
The Ford Motor Company later said in a statement that William Clay Ford Jr., its executive chairman, had “encouraged President Trump to wear a mask when he arrived.”
“He wore a mask during a private viewing of three Ford GTs from over the