Trump tours new face mask factory in Arizona but doesn’t wear one

Henrietta Strickland
May 6, 2020

Trump's visit came as the White House said it hopes to wind down its coronavirus task force in the coming month as the president shifts his focus from battling an "invisible enemy" to rebooting the economy.

He was scheduled to tour a Honeywell International Inc. mask production assembly line during and to preside over a discussion about supporting Native Americans.

"We are bringing our country back", Trump said during a visit to a mask-manufacturing factory in Arizona.

"The whole world is excited watching us", he added.

United States health officials warn the virus may spread as businesses begin to reopen.

But with the U.S. coronavirus death toll still rising daily, critics accuse him of turning his back on the crisis for personal political gain.

Trump sees economic revival as a political imperative.

"We're now looking at a little bit of a different form", confirmed Trump when asked in Arizona about the task force's fate. "The mission accomplished is when it's over".

CNN later reported that Honeywell officials told the President's aides that they weren't required to wear masks, according to a White House official.

"Will some people be affected badly?" "The president's failure to accept the truth and then his desire to hide it, is one of the chief reasons we are lagging behind so many other countries in beating this scourge".

The president noted that health experts believe there could be a recurrence but they would need to "put it out".

What did the vice-president say?

He said it was "a reflection of the tremendous progress we've made as a country".

"That's not true, I've been in every task force meeting, and that's not what they are doing", Fauci told reporter Paula Reid.

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, in a statement, said the Johns Hopkins University study "being pushed around by the media as factual is based on faulty assumptions and is in no way representative of any federal government projections and, as Johns Hopkins stated, should not be taken as a forecast".

Does the USA have the pandemic under control?

Not yet. Besides New York, which is still the U.S. epicentre despite an ongoing drop in new cases, the level of infection continues to climb across much of the country. As more states have begun to ease closure orders, despite warnings that that could lead to spikes in new cases, Trump has been trying to highlight his administration's work in helping businesses and employees rebound. The mayors of Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles; the governors of California, Colorado, Florida, New York, Ohio, Virginia and Washington, and the heads of China, France, Greece, India and Japan have all worn them in public, as has Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. He said they have begun discussing a transition plan with the Federal Emergency Management Agency that plays a lead role in distributing urgently needed supplies across the country.

"It's sort of a combination of safety and reopening, so we'll have something in a different form", Trump said, telling reporters that Drs.

On Sunday, the president increased his forecast for the number of USA pandemic deaths to 100,000, after saying two weeks earlier that it would be fewer than 60,000.

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