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MSNBC 18 May 2020

Trump Won't Wear A Mask, But Keeps Pushing Unproven Drug

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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.

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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)

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>> 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,

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