Trump Won't Wear A Mask, But Keeps Pushing Unproven Drug
The president has repeatedly failed to take the recommended COVID-19 precaution of wearing a mask, but keeps pushing bogus theories and untested drugs. Philip Rucker and Nancy Cook discuss. Aired on 05/18/2020.
President Donald Trump brought a navy blue mask stamped with the presidential seal to a Ford plant in Michigan on Thursday. But he refused to wear it in front of cameras.
"I didn't want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it," Trump said before showing off his fabric face covering, which he said he'd briefly strapped on backstage before removing for a tour of the factory. "It was very nice. It looked very nice. They said not necessary."
It was another example of Trump shrugging off the rules in place for others that are meant to guard against the coronavirus. As he walked through the facility -- where Ford rules say everyone must wear a mask -- he was surrounded by company executives whose faces were covered.
#Trump #Covid #CNN President Donald Trump refused to wear a mask during a visit to a Ford auto plant because he would be caught on camera wearing one. Michigan's attorney general is warning President Donald Trump to follow health guidelines and wear a mask during his visit to a Ford manufacturing plant.
"We are just asking that President Trump comply with the law of our state, just as we would make the same request of anyone else in those plants," Dana Nessel, a Democrat, told CNN's Alisyn Camerota on "New Day" Thursday. President Donald Trump says his administration is encouraging many Americans to wear face masks in public, though he stresses that the recommendation is optional and is conceding that he will not be complying with it. (April 3)
ALONG WITH THIS. >> NANCY COOK, THAT’S A LOT ON THE PART OF THE DOCTOR. I HEARD A LOT OF REPUTABLE PEOPLE, MOST OF THEM JOURNALISTS, TONIGHT SAYING STRAIGHT-UP THIS IS A SHINY OBJECT BECAUSE THINK OF IT. WHAT WE’RE NOT TALKING ABOUT IS OUR TESTING RATE AND CONTACT TRACING OR OUR DEATH TOLL, NORTH OF 91,000. WE’RE TALKING ABOUT AN UNPROVEN MEDICATION BEING TAKEN ON A DAILY BASIS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. NANCY, ANY REPORTING ON HOW WIDE A CIRCLE KNEW THIS TO BE TRUE AND/OR KNEW HE WAS COMING OUT WITH IT TODAY? >> WELL, I THINK THAT THE WHITE HOUSE WAS REALLY CAUGHT OFF GUARD BY HIM ANNOUNCING THAT HE WAS TAKING IT. HE DID IT IN THE CONTEXT OF A MEETING WITH SEVERAL RESTAURANT EXECUTIVES, AND IT’S INTERESTING BECAUSE THE FIRST LARGE PART OF IT WAS PRETTY WONKY, AND IT WAS ABOUT DIFFERENT ECONOMIC MEASURES THAT THE WHITE HOUSE AND TREASURY DEPARTMENT COULD TAKE TO HELP RESTAURATEURS AND HOTEL PEOPLE AS THEY’RE REOPENING THE ECONOMY, AND THERE WAS LOTS OF TALK ABOUT EXPANDING THE WINDOW IN WHICH THEY COULD SPEND THEIR LOAN MONEY. AND HE REALLY THREW IT OUT THERE ON WHAT WAS OTHERWISE A FAIRLY SLOW NEWS DAY OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE. I THINK THE PRESIDENT ALWAYS LIKES TO TRY TO DOMINATE THE NEWS CYCLE, AND HE DID THAT. AND WHAT’S INTERESTING TO ME IS, YOU KNOW, THE WHITE HOUSE HAS BEEN SO EAGER TO TALK ABOUT REOPENING THE ECONOMY, AND THE IMPORTANCE OF THAT, AND THAT’S WHAT HE WAS DOING FOR THE MOST PART TODAY. BUT BY HIM TALKING ABOUT HOW HE’S TAKING THIS MEDICINE, IT REALLY DRAWS THE ATTENTION BACK TO THE WEST WING AND HOW HE STARTED TAKING IT BASICALLY AFTER HIS MILITARY VALET AND THE VICE PRESIDENT’S TOP SPOKESPERSON CONTACTED -- OR WERE DIAGNOSED WITH COVID-19, EXCUSE ME. AND IT REALLY DRAWS ATTENTION HOW EVEN THE WHITE HOUSE HAS HAD A HARD TIME KEEPING THE INFECTIONS UNDER CONTROL. THEY’VE DONE A LOT OF MEASURES IN THE PAST WEEK LIKE HAVING PEOPLE WEAR MASKS, HAVING MORE PEOPLE WORK FROM HOME, AND I THOUGHT THAT HIS ADMISSION JUST DREW ATTENTION TO THAT. >> SO, PHIL RUCKER, ON THE UPSIDE, THE VIRUS IS NO LONGER A HOAX. I THINK OUR DOCTOR FRIENDS WOULD AGREE THAT THE WEARING OF A MASK, WHICH A GOOD, HEALTHY PERCENTAGE OF AMERICANS ARE STILL DOING, IS A PROPHYLAXIS, IT’S A PREVENTATIVE. THE PRESIDENT APPARENTLY HAS BEEN TALKED INTO TAKING THIS DRUG AS A PREVENTATIVE. HE WON’T DO ONE, BUT HE’S DOING THIS. >> YEAH, BRIAN. IT’S A VERY CONFUSING SITUATION TONIGHT AT THE WHITE HOUSE BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT DOESN’T WEAR A MASK BECAUSE HE SAYS HE DOESN’T NEED TO WEAR A MASK. IN FACT, WHEN HE’S BEEN ASKED ABOUT IT SEVERAL TIMES, HE’S SAID HE’S PERFECTLY HEALTHY, THAT HE’S BEEN TESTING NEGATIVE FOR COVID-19. THEY ARE TESTING HIM REGULARLY AT THE WHITE HOUSE AND THAT HE’S PERFECTLY HEALTHY AND STRONG AND SO FORTH. AND YET HE MUST BE CONCERNED ABOUT CATCHING COVID-19 HIMSELF IF HE’S GOING TO GO TO THE EXTREME LENGTH OF TAKING HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE DESPITE THE RISKS THAT ARE KNOWN TO THE PUBLIC AND KNOWN TO HIM. SO HE MADE A CALCULATION THERE. WE’RE NOT SURE EXACTLY WHY. PERHAPS FUTURE REPORTING WILL BEAR THAT OUT. I THINK NANCY’S POINT ABOUT THIS COINCIDING WITH THE OUTBREAK OF CORONAVIRUS CASES INSIDE THE WHITE HOUSE IS QUITE TELLING. THE PRESIDENT SAID HE’S BEEN TAKING HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE FOR ABOUT A WEEK AND A HALF TO TWO WEEKS. WELL, THAT TIMELINE ALIGNS NEATLY WITH THE DIAGNOSIS OF THE VALET AND OF THE VICE PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SECRETARY. AND SO PERHAPS THE PRESIDENT WAS CONCERNED ABOUT CATCHING HIMSELF BECAUSE SO MANY PEOPLE AROUND HIM HAD CORONAVIRUS. WE DON’T KNOW THAT TO BE TRUE,