On Thursday, President Donald Trump is slated to visit a Ford facility in Michigan that has been transformed into a production plant for ventilators and personal protective equipment, all of which is highly needed amidst the Coronavirus pandemic. In the past, Trump has routinely refused to wear a face mask when out in public, no matter the demands of authorities on any level all the way up to his very own administration, but this time, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel says Trump simply may not be invited back to enclosed facilities in the state if he refuses yet again. At present, auto manufacturers in the state have a policy demanding masks for all visitors in a bid to stem the spread of the Coronavirus.
Nessel told CNN host Dana Bash:
‘If we’ve learned nothing over the last several years of President Trump in the White House, it’s that he doesn’t have the same level of legal accountability as everybody else. If he fails to wear a mask, he’s going to be asked not to return to any enclosed facility inside our state. I know that Ford has asked him to do the same thing, but if we know that 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.’
— Brandon Richards (@bjrich_) May 21, 2020
Currently, Michigan state law demands that individuals wear masks in enclosed public spaces in the state, like stores, as Nessel noted, explaining that the state is “just asking that President Trump comply with the law in our state, just as we would make the same request of anyone else in those plants.” Michigan has suffered over 5,000 deaths due to the Coronavirus, which is sharply spread in community situations like those in which large groups of people gather in the same enclosed area.
Trump has routinely encouraged resistance to public health measures amidst the Coronavirus pandemic, although the U.S. will soon hit a total of 100,000 deaths.