President Donald Trump on Thursday did not wear a mask for coronavirus protection while taking a tour of Ford’s Rawsonville Components Plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan, while touring a Ford Motor Co. plant in Michigan, despite a state law and company policy requiring facial coverings there.

The plant is currently making ventilators in response to the Covid-19 pandemic in the United States.The president’s tour occurred despite an executive order signed earlier this week by Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer that prohibits nonessential visits to manufacturing facilities in the state to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

“Not necessary,” Trump said, when a reporter asked why he was not wearing a facial covering. “Everybody’s been tested and I’ve been tested.”  Trump also said, “I had one on before,” in an area that was not visible to reporters, but added: “I didn’t want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it.” 

 “I was given a choice, and I had one on in an area where they preferred it,” Trump said, referring to Ford executives.

On Tuesday, Ford told media outlets that it had a policy of requiring masks there and that the company had informed the White House about that policy.

But Ford also said that day “The White House has its own safety and testing policies in place and will make its own determination” about whether Trump and his party will wear masks during the visit.

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