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Trump Spotted Wearing Mask During Tour, But Refuses to Wear It in Front of Press

“I didn’t want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it,” Trump told reporters of his presidential seal-adorned face mask

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President Donald Trump has a face covering with the presidential seal on it, but refused to wear it on the public part of his tour of a Ford plant in Michigan on Thursday despite factory policy.

Trump was photographed wearing a mask with a presidential seal in the corner at the plant, and a source familiar with the matter confirmed the authenticity of that photo, NBC News reports. The president was given a mask by Ford.

"I wore one in the back area but I didn’t want the press to get the pleasure of seeing it," Trump told reporters during an appearance at a Ford plant in Ypsilanti that's making ventilators to combat the coronavirus.

State Attorney General Dana Nessel, a Democrat, sent an open letter Wednesday urging Trump to wear a mask at the plant, saying the requirement "is not just the policy of Ford."

Trump late Thursday criticized Nessel in two tweets calling her the "Wacky Do Nothing Attorney General of Michigan" and saying she "viciously threatening Ford Motor Company for the fact that I inspected a Ventilator plant without a mask" and noted he did wear a mask.

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