By Tuesday, the company had said that it would not insist that Trump wears a mask here and left the decision to him and his close circle of visiting officials. "It's a highly transmissible virus", Fauci said.
Answering press questions during a tour of the Ford factory in Michigan, Trump said "we are not closing our country" when asked whether another peak of the virus at the end of the year could force the USA in to a second lockdown. It wasn't clear if that last bit was meant for Ford's great-grandson and the company's current executive chairman William Clay Ford, who was present, or maybe just employees of the factory, like, by association.
A spokesperson from the United Kingdom said they are in contact with the US about the G7 Summit while representatives from Italy and Japan said they have only seen Trump's tweet and are awaiting details.
"A permanent lockdown is not a strategy for a healthy state or a healthy country".
Following the tour, Nessel called Trump a "petulant child" in a CNN interview, noting Trump's decision not to wear a mask publicly was "extremely disappointing and yet totally predictable".More news: Google, Apple, release joint coronavirus tracking technology
Mr Trump also believes that wearing a mask would "send the wrong message", and by not using one he signals that he is fighting to reopen the country. "Right here at the Rawsonville Component Plant, you're building a great medical arsenal to defeat the virus and cement America's place as the leading manufacturer and exporter of ventilators anywhere in the world", Trump said.
With Ford just restarting U.S. operations last March 18, this recent fiasco could affect Ford's plans to ramp up production in MI. "We're not going to close the country".
"I didn't want to get sick or take it home to my family".
When he was reportedly asked why he was not wearing a mask at the time of the press interaction, Trump said that the area where they were at was safe because everyone here, him included, had been tested.
"I was given a choice when I had one on in an area where they preferred it so I put it on and it was very nice, it looked very nice".More news: Pakistan Airlines flight with more than 100 passengers crashes near Karachi: spokesman
"I made the case that, you know, we all have to be on the same page here".
"A never-ending lockdown would invite a public health calamity".
Trump has planted himself at the center of each of those issues as he encourages states to lift restrictions that have closed businesses, forced residents to remain at home and frozen a national economy that once anchored his reelection argument.More news: Experimental COVID-19 vaccine shown to be effective in monkeys