Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is calling on President Trump to wear a mask ahead of his visit to a Ford manufacturing plant in the state today.
“If he fails to wear a mask, he's going to be asked not to return to any enclosed facility inside our state,” Nessel said. “…If we know he's coming to our state, and we know he's not going to follow the law, I think we're going to have to take action against any company or any facility that allows him inside those facilities and puts our workers at risk. We just simply can't afford it here in our state.”
Some background: As auto plants reopened on Monday, there was an agreement between the United Auto Workers union and manufacturers that has become law. It specifies that there should be no outside visitors — which has been waived for the President, Nessel said — social distancing, temperature screening and wearing a face covering.
“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,” Nessel said.
Ford on Tuesday said it had communicated its safety policies to the White House, including that everyone wear a mask. But a company spokesman said, "The White House has its own safety and testing policies in place and will make its own determination.”
When the President was asked on Tuesday whether he would wear a mask to the Michigan plant, Trump said he hadn't thought about it yet.
"I don't know. I haven't even thought of it. It depends. In certain areas I would, in certain areas I don't. But I will certainly look at it," Trump said.