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Donald Trump, Defies Law, Skips Mask While Touring Michigan Auto Plant

While the CDC has recommended everyone wear face coverings, Donald Trump has refused to wear one in public. He reportedly told advisers it would “send the wrong message” and that he would look “ridiculous.” Now, at least one state official challenged him. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel penned a letter to the president ahead of his visit at a Michigan auto plant today saying:

“While my Department will not act to prevent you from touring Ford’s plant, I ask that while you are on tour you respect the great efforts of the men and women at Ford — and across this State — by wearing a facial covering. It is not just the policy of Ford, by virtue of the Governor’s Executive Orders. It is currently the law of this State.”

But Trump obviously didn’t take Nessel’s words seriously. He appeared on camera for a long period of time, during the visit, without a mask.

After learning Trump didn’t wear a mask Nessel said: “Trump refused to wear a face mask during his tour of the Ford plant in Ypsilanti today, despite numerous requests that he do so. Trump does not care about the safety of Michiganders.” She added, “this sends the worst possible message.”

Nessel, a Democrat, earlier said she expected Ford to enforce the policy or face legal consequences, “I think we’re going to take action against any company or any facility that allows him inside those facilities and puts our workers at risk. We simply can’t afford it here in our state.”

The Associated Press reported that Ford said its policy requires everyone in factories to wear personal protective equipment, including masks, and that policy had been shared with the White House.” 

And Ford has a reason to play it safe. On Wednesday, Reuters noted:

Ford Motor Co on Wednesday closed two U.S. assembly plants as the coronavirus pandemic wreaked early havoc with the No. 2 U.S. automaker’s plan to restart North American production and begin making its most profitable vehicles again.

Ford closed its Dearborn, Michigan, plant due to a positive COVID-19 test by one worker, while its Chicago assembly plant was closed due to a parts shortage, Ford spokeswoman Kelli Felker said.

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Michigan AG To Donald Trump: Wear A Facial Covering, It’s The Law

While the CDC has recommended everyone wear face coverings, Donald Trump has refused to wear one in public. He reportedly told advisers it would “send the wrong message” and that he would look “ridiculous.” Now, at least one state official is challenging him. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel penned a letter to the president ahead of his visit at a Michigan auto plant today saying:

“While my Department will not act to prevent you from touring Ford’s plant, I ask that while you are on tour you respect the great efforts of the men and women at Ford — and across this State — by wearing a facial covering. It is not just the policy of Ford, by virtue of the Governor’s Executive Orders. It is currently the law of this State.”

Nessel, a Democrat, also said she expects Ford to enforce the policy or face legal consequences, “I think we’re going to take action against any company or any facility that allows him inside those facilities and puts our workers at risk. We simply can’t afford it here in our state.”

The Associated Press reports:

In a statement, Ford said its policy requires everyone in factories to wear personal protective equipment, including masks, and that policy had been shared with the White House. When asked if the company would require Trump to wear the equipment, spokeswoman Rachel McCleery said, “The White House has its own safety and testing policies in place and will make its own determination.”

And Ford has a reason to play it safe. On Wednesday, Reuters noted:

Ford Motor Co on Wednesday closed two U.S. assembly plants as the coronavirus pandemic wreaked early havoc with the No. 2 U.S. automaker’s plan to restart North American production and begin making its most profitable vehicles again.

Ford closed its Dearborn, Michigan, plant due to a positive COVID-19 test by one worker, while its Chicago assembly plant was closed due to a parts shortage, Ford spokeswoman Kelli Felker said.

As for Trump, when he was asked whether he would put on a mask to tour the Ford plant, he gave this wishy-washy response, “I don’t know. It depends. I mean, you know, in certain areas, I would. In certain areas, I don’t. But I will certainly look at it.”

Watch more from the ABC affiliate in Western Michigan above.

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Lysol Issues Warning About Ingesting Disinfectants After Trump Suggests It Knocks Out Coronavirus

It’s hard to believe that the President of the United States said ingesting disinfectants should be checked as a way to “knock out” coronavirus. His suggestion that about UV light was also bizarre. During the White House briefing Thursday he remarked, “supposing you brought the light inside the body, which you can do either through the skin or some other way, and I think you said you’re going to test that, too.” Dr. Deborah Birx’s facial expression echoed what many of us were thinking. The coordinator of the White House coronavirus response couldn’t hide her bewilderment over Donald Trump’s quaky medical suggestions.

And while they say any publicity is good publicity, it was clear this was the kind of exposure Lysol wants. The company prompted issued a warning on their website outlining “Improper use of Disinfectants.” It read, in part:

Due to recent speculation and social media activity, RB (the makers of Lysol and Dettol) has been asked whether internal administration of disinfectants may be appropriate for investigation or use as a treatment for coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2).

As a global leader in health and hygiene products, we must be clear that under no circumstance should our disinfectant products be administered into the human body (through injection, ingestion or any other route).  

The company goes on to say, “We have a responsibility in providing consumers with access to accurate, up-to-date information as advised by leading public health experts.”

Joe Biden wrote, “UV light? Injecting disinfectant? Here’s an idea, Mr. President: more tests. Now. And protective equipment for actual medical professionals.”

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough said:

“This is so beyond madness. You have an American president saying such things about putting disinfectant in the body, putting light in the body. It is so beyond parody.”

Watch more above from MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

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WaPo: A Plan To Defeat Coronavirus, But Not From The White House

There is no federal plan. Despite the task forces and daily White House briefings that go long into the night, Donald Trump & co. don’t really have a plan to fight the coronavirus or reopen the country. And as difficult as it may be to believe, it’s a a calculated political move. In one of the more jaw-dropping paragraphs you’ll read in a major newspaper, The Washington Post reports:

“Administration officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity to describe internal deliberations, say the White House has made a deliberate political calculation that it will better serve Trump’s interest to put the onus on governors — rather than the federal government — to figure out how to move ahead.”

So instead of helping Americans by putting the full force of the federal government behind fighting the disease, Donald Trump has thrown in the towel and is poised to blame anything and anyone who is a threat to his political future. Now it’s easy to see why Trump points the finger and governors and mayors, tells medical professionals begging for equipment to stop whining, and yelling at reporters, calling them “third rate.” Donald Trump will take responsibility for nothing, and hopes his lack of involvement in the biggest crisis this country has seen in decades won’t matter come November.

So who is leading the charge? The Post reports it’s “a collection of governors, former government officials, disease specialists and nonprofits are pursuing a strategy that relies on the three pillars of disease control: Ramp up testing to identify people who are infected. Find everyone they interact with by deploying contact tracing on a scale America has never attempted before. And focus restrictions more narrowly on the infected and their contacts so the rest of society doesn’t have to stay in permanent lockdown.

The president seems focused on a goal of re-opening the economy by the end of the month. But there is reason to doubt that will happen. The Los Angeles Times reports:

Although Trump asserted Friday that he has “absolute authority” to order the country open, the guidelines are not mandatory, but recommendations.

Governors, mayors and business owners have the ultimate power. Many issued their own guidance before Trump did and some already have announced plans to restrict commerce and public gatherings beyond May 1 no matter what Trump recommends.

This post contains opinion.

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Even Republicans Say Trump’s “Bragging” And “Squabbles” Should Stop

With his daily White House briefings, Donald Trump is talking more than ever and many of his supporters now believe he’s about to talk himself out of the the White House. The New York Times says “Aides and allies increasingly believe the president’s daily briefings are hurting him more than helping, and are urging him to let his medical experts take center stage.”

Mr. Trump “sometimes drowns out his own message,” said Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who has become one of the president’s informal counselors and told him “a once-a-week show” could be more effective. Representative Susan Brooks of Indiana said “they’re going on too long.” Senator Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia said the briefings were “going off the rails a little bit” and suggested that he should “let the health professionals guide where we’re going to go.”

Reporters Maggie Haberman and Jonathan Martin write that Graham said, “I told (Trump) your opponent is no longer Joe Biden — it’s this virus.”

One of Mr. Trump’s top political advisers, speaking on the condition of anonymity so as not to anger the president, was even blunter, arguing that the White House was handing Mr. Biden ammunition each night by sending the president out to the cameras.

The Wall Street Journal, a newspaper owned by Fox’s Rupert Murdoch, is known for its conservative leanings and often its opinion pieces align with Donald Trump. But not this week. Thursday, the newspaper’s editorial board wrote about how the briefings “are now all about the President.”

Mr. Trump seems to have concluded that the briefings could be a showcase for him. Perhaps they substitute in his mind for the campaign rallies he can no longer hold because of the risks. Perhaps he resented the media adulation that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been receiving for his daily show. Whatever the reason, the briefings are now all about the President.

Even more stinging, the editorial board went on to say:

The President’s outbursts against his political critics are also notably off key at this moment. This isn’t impeachment, and Covid-19 isn’t shifty Schiff. It’s a once-a-century threat to American life and livelihood.

Trump took notice of the opinion piece and apparently missed the entire point because he tweeted that the board didn’t mention his ratings.

The editorial board responded to Trump’s tweet by countering that “the reason they’re a ratings hit” isn’t because of Trump but because people are tuning in for “a subject that is literally a life and death matter.”

The ratings that will matter for Mr. Trump this year are where he stands in public approval come November. And those ratings will depend on Mr. Trump’s results in conquering Covid-19

Fox News Brit Hume, a conservative commentator, also lit into Trump.

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