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MSNBC 21 May 2020

President Donald Trump Eschews Leadership Role, Flouts Michigan Mask Rule

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Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer talks with Rachel Maddow about her disappointment, though not surprise, that Donald Trump did not fulfill the responsibility of his leadership role to model behavior for the sake of public health and instead chose to flout the state's mask rule while touring a car factory where everyone was wearing a mask. Aired on 5/21/2020.


President Donald Trump announced tonight that the federal government is sending several hundred additional ventilators to states hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak.

Trump during a White House briefing said that over the last 24 hours, the federal government has delivered an additional 500 ventilators to New Jersey, which is among the hardest-hit states. He said it also has sent 200 ventilators to Louisiana and 300 to Michigan. Another 600 have gone to Illinois, he said, while Massachusetts will be getting 100.

The ventilator disbursements come as governors have clamored for weeks for the Trump administration to do more to confront the shortage of the crucial machines, which allow seriously ill coronavirus patients to breathe.


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President Donald Trump toured and delivered remarks at Owens & Minor, Inc. Distribution Center, a 137 year-old American medical equipment distributor in Allentown, Pennsylvania, that has sent millions of N95 masks, surgical gowns, and gloves to hospitals and surgery centers across the country to respond to COVID-19.


The following individuals are expected to attend, according to the White House:

Trump Administration:
Secretary Alex Azar, Department of Health and Human Services
Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, Department of Homeland Security
Administrator Peter Gaynor, Federal Emergency Management Agency
Adam Boehler, Chief Executive Officer, United States International Development Finance Corporation
RADM John Polowczyk, Vice Director of Logistics, Joint Staff

Owens & Minor, Inc. Leadership:
Edward Pesicka, President and Chief Executive Officer
Jeff Jochims, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Chris Lowery, Executive Vice President and President of Global Products
Mark Zacur, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer
President Donald Trump on Thursday said the sharp rise in unemployment claims was "fully expected" and predicted the economy would quickly rebound once the United States overcomes the coronavirus outbreak.

Trump told reporters at a White House briefing that he was not surprised by the Labor Department's report that over 3 million Americans had applied for unemployment last week and said some people had predicted it could have been much higher.

"I heard it could be 6 million, it could be 7 million," Trump said at a briefing on the coronavirus Thursday evening. "It's a lot of jobs. But I think we'll come back very strong."

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The press briefing comes after the House approved the Senate's $2.2 trillion relief package on Friday, sending it to President Donald Trump's desk.

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IT IS GOING TO TAKE A WHILE TO
COME BACK FROM THIS.
THERE IS NO QUESTION.
>> ON THE ISSUE OF THE EPIDEMIC
PER YOUR EXECUTIVE ORDER IN THE
STATE, ANYBODY WHO IS MEDICALLY
ABLE TO DO SO HAS TO WEAR
SOMETHING THAT COVERS THEIR FACE
IN ENCLOSED SPACES. THE WHOLE COUNTRY WATCHED TODAY,
THE WHOLE COUNTRY WATCHED TODAY,
AS THE PRESIDENT SORT OF
PERSONALLY, GLEEFULLY
THROUGHOUTED THAT FLOUTED
THAT WHEN HE VISITED YOUR STATE
AND VISITED A PLANT AND DIDN’T
WEAR A MASK AT LEAST FOR MOST OF
THE VISIT AND PHOTOS DID SURFACE
APPARENTLY IN OTHER PARTS OF THE
PLANT WEARING A MASK BUT TALKING
TO THE PRESS, HE WAS SORT OF
BRAGGING ABOUT THE FACT THAT HE
WASN’T DOING SO.
I JUST WANTED TO ASK YOUR
RESPONSE TO THAT.
IT’S PUBLIC HEALTH BEHAVIOR
MODELING BY THE PRESIDENT AT ONE
LEVEL.
BUT IT IS ALSO SPECIFICALLY
FLOATING YOUR ORDER IN THE
STATE.
>>.
WELL IT’S DISAPPOINTING, IT
WASN’T SURPRISING BUT IT WAS
DISAPPOINTING.
I THINK THAT OUR BIG THREE HAVE
JUST STARTED THE REENGAGEMENT,
RIGHT?
THEY ARE PHASING IN REENGAGING,
AFTER WHAT HAS BEEN A
STAY-AT-HOME ORDER, AND THE UAW
MEMBERS ARE CONCERNED ABOUT
THEIR SAFETY, NATURALLY, THEY
WORKED VERY CLOSELY, THE HEAD OF
THE UAW, RORY GAMBLES, WORKED
VERY CLOSELY WITH THE HEAD OF
THE BIG THREE, TO MAKE SURE THAT
HIS MEMBERS WOULD BE SAFE WHEN
THEY WENT BACK TO THE WORKPLACE.
AS YOU SAW IN THE FOOTAGE, ALL
OF THE FORD EXECUTIVES WORE THE
MASKS.
ALL OF THE EMPLOYEES WERE
WEARING MASKS.
ALL OF THE PRESS WERE.
AND IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT THAT
ANYONE WITH A PLATFORM HAS A
RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE SURE THAT
THEY MODEL PRECISELY WHAT WE’RE
ASKING EVERYONE ELSE TO DO.
THIS IS ABOUT PUBLIC HEALTH.
NOT ONE PERSON’S OR ANOTHER.
THIS IS ABOUT ALL OF US.
AND ANYONE IN A POSITION OF

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