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Trump blasts Michigan AG over concern he didn’t wear mask at Ford plant

President Trump slammed Michigan’s attorney general on Twitter after she said she would have a “very serious conversation” with Ford Motor Co. for allowing him to visit an Ypsilanti plant without wearing a mask.

“The Wacky Do Nothing Attorney General of Michigan, Dana Nessel, is viciously threatening Ford Motor Company for the fact that I inspected a Ventilator plant without a mask,” the president said in a tweet.

“Not their fault, & I did put on a mask. No wonder many auto companies left Michigan, until I came along!” he added.

Trump did wear a mask in one part of the plant, which has been repurposed to make medical supplies, but refused to don it in front of reporters.

“I had one on before,” Trump he reporters during his visit. “I wore one on in this back area. I didn’t want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it. In the back area I did have a mask on. I had goggles and a mask right back there.”

At least one photographer snapped a photo that was posted on social media showing Trump wearing a mask that featured the presidential seal, Fox News reported.

Nessel said the state would speak to Ford about the violation of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive order requiring masks in enclosed public spaces.

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President Trump Just Toured Ford's Ventilator Plant Without a Mask

During a tour of a Rawsonville Ford facility in Ypsilanti, Michigan, President Trump wore a mask while away from the public eye. Trump said that he was wearing a mask and showed off his mask while talking to the press. When asked why he was not wearing a mask while in front of cameras, he responded, “I didn’t want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it.”

Trump also showed off his mask, which has the presidential seal on it. The president has yet to be shown in a mask publicly, and today’s decision is not in line with Ford’s safety measures for the factory. The automaker and GE Healthcare have repurposed the facility to build ventilators, masks, and face shields.

“Because of the virus, Ford was forced to stop automobile production for the first time since World War II,” Trump said. “That’s something.” He went on to say, in prepared remarks at the plant, that Ford called up the White House and asked “the most American of all questions, ‘How can we help?’ ”

He went on, “Just this week I spoke to five countries and I’m sending [ventilators] over.”

Keith Pastorini, Ford electrician, speaks during the Trump visit to Ford’s Rawsonville facility.
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Trump called out a Ford electrician, Keith Pastorino, who spoke about the rapid ramp-up of this components plant to become a supplier of health-care products. Pastorino said: “When I first heard the news that my plant was going to be building ventilators, it only took me a minute to get hold of my UAW, and then I decided that this was my opportunity to serve my country. On the first day as a volunteer, we went full speed seven days a week, 12 hours a shift. I would go home sore, bruised . . . had trouble sleeping.

“I couldn’t say I’d be more proud of my co-workers for their efforts and their sacrifices to build these fine Ford ventilators, respirators, face masks, and face shields.”

During the visit, Trump may have worn a mask while touring parts of the facility where there was no press, but not while speaking with African American leaders.

While Ford initially stated that it shared safety protocol information with the White House ahead of the President’s visit, it then issued a statement that seemed to walk back its requirement for Trump to wear a mask, stating: “The White House has its own safety and testing policies in place and will make its own determination.”

Earlier this week, Ford tweeted that it requires masks at its facilities to protect its workers.

Trump’s visit is also in violation of Governor Whitmer’s executive order that bans visits by nonessential visitors to manufacturing facilities including those taking a tour.

On Wednesday, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel sent a letter to Trump asking him to wear a mask during his tour. “Anyone who has potentially been recently exposed, including the president of the United States, has not only a legal responsibility, but also a social and moral responsibility, to take reasonable precautions to prevent further spread of the virus,” Nessel said.

The letter also said: “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 the state—by wearing a facial covering.”

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Trump pulls out of treaty which lets Russia fly over military sites

BREAKING NEWS: Donald Trump pulls out of ‘open skies’ treaty which lets Russia fly over U.S. military sites, claiming Kremlin repeatedly flouted deal

The United States announced its intention to withdraw from the 35-nation Open Skies treaty that permits unarmed aerial surveillance flights over participating countries, saying Russia has repeatedly violated the pact’s terms.

Senior administration officials said the pullout will formally take place in six months, based on the treaty’s withdrawal terms.

It was the latest move by President Donald Trump’s administration to remove the United States from a major global treaty, following withdrawal from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia last year.

The Trump administration notified international partners on Thursday that it is pulling out of a treaty.

Pullout: Donald Trump is leaving the Open Skies treaty which was intended to build trust between former cold war adversaries

Monitoring: Russia uses Tu-154 jets fitted with surveillance equipment for the flights. Among places they have flown over in recent years are Minuteman nuclear missile bunkers, Area 51, the Capitol and Donald Trump’s New Jersey golf club

The administration says it wants out of the Open Skies Treaty because Russia is violating the pact, and imagery collected during the flights can be obtained quickly at less cost from U.S. or commercial satellites.

Exiting the treaty, however, is expected to strain relations with Moscow and upset European allies and some members of Congress.

President Dwight Eisenhower first proposed that the United States and the former Soviet Union allow aerial reconnaissance flights over each other´s territory in July 1955. 

At first, Moscow rejected the idea, but President George H.W. Bush revived it in May 1989, and the treaty entered into force in January 2002. Currently, 34 nations have signed it; Kyrgyzstan has signed but not ratified it yet. 

The Russian flights over U.S. sites have included a flyover of the Capitol and a trip to the Bedminster, New Jersey golf course where Trump was staying at the time.

An unarmed Russian Air Force Tupolev Tu-154M conducted several sweeps of the nation’s capital in August 2017 before heading northeast to Bedmoinster.

The plane was at around 3,700 feet as it passed over downtown D.C. It also passed by Joint Base Andrews, home to Air Force One and the Marine One fleet. 

The flight path also took it into southern Pennsylvania near the Civil War battlefield at Chambersburg, as well as a corner of West Virginia.

It also flew near Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. 

Next on the itinerary was a flight to New Jersey, where Trump is staying at his Bedminster golf course – on a day he fired off tweets touting the U.S. nuclear arsenal and military capabilities amid a stand-off with North Korea. 

‘As per the treaty, we cannot confirm any locations until after the mission is over. A typical mission has several segments (flights) taking place over a few days; once this mission is over we can confirm the specific locations per your initial request,’ said a Pentagon spokesman asked about the flights.

Last year the flights passed over top-secret Minuteman nuclear missile sites in Montana and Area 51. 

The U.S. has its own dedicated Open Skies plane, a specially modified version of the C-135 Stratolifter transport aircraft.

The OC-135B was adapted from a group of planes which were designed with sensors to pick up evidence of nuclear explosions.

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Trump mulls PERMANENT WHO funding freeze in 30 days if ‘serious concerns’ about handling of coronavirus aren’t addressed – The Sun

DONALD Trump is considering permanently freezing the WHO's funding in 30 days if his "serious concerns" about handling the coronavirus are not addressed.

The president threatened to stop sending cash in a letter chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Monday that he posted on Twitter.


The letter discusses the president's "serious concerns" with how the organization handled the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump documented aforementioned issues with the World Health Organization in chronological order, starting from December 2019.

The letter includes information on how the WHO "consistently ignored credible reports of the virus spreading in Wuhan," and "has been curiously insistent on praising China."

The president then concludes the letter by giving Ghebreyesus an ultimatum on whether or not the organization will receive American funding in the future.

"It is clear the repeated missteps by you and your organization in responding to the pandemic have been extremely costly for the world.

"The only way forward for the World Health Organization is if it can actually demonstrate independence from China.

"My administration has already started discussions with you on how to reform the organization.

"But action is needed quickly. We do not have time to waste."

Trump finalized: "If the WHO does not commit to major substantive improvements within the next 30 days, I will make my temporary freeze of United States funding to the WHO permanent and reconsider our membership in the organization."

Earlier on Monday, Trump rejected an invite to address the WHO, which he said has done a “sad job” amid the pandemic.

Trump said he’d pass on a meeting with the organization, who he’s repeatedly said is too “China-centric” and has a "disastrous" response to the pandemic.

He claimed the WHO gave the US “a lot of terrible advice,” and is “always on the side of China” — even calling the organization a “puppet of China.”

Axios reported on Monday that the WHO invited both Trump and China’s President Xi Jingping to give speeches to a “high-level welcome session” at their annual global meeting.

"The WHO wanted to bring these two leaders together, the biggest economies in the world, at a time when they are being cold to each other, and try to create some sense of solidarity," a source told the news outlet.

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Trump is taking hydroxychloroquine daily after touting drug as a coronavirus treatment – despite FDA warning – The Sun

DONALD Trump revealed he has been taking a hydroxychloroquine pill every day for over a week to stave off coronavirus.

The president said he began taking the trial drug after receiving a letter from a New York doctor based in Westchester, who supposedly used it to treat over 300 COVID-19 patients.


"I take it," Trump told reporters. "Frontline workers take it, doctors take it, I take it … I would have told you that three or four days ago [but you never asked] the question."

The president revealed that the White House doctor had prescribed it for him after Trump had asked him what he thought, saying "well, if you'd like it."

"I've shown always negative, right," he continued. "I take it because I hear very good things. You have to go to frontline workers — many frontline workers take it."

He took a swipe at HHS whistleblower Dr Rick Bright who testified about the Feds' "absurd" three month delay in responding to his virus warnings.

"He's the one who signed the application," Trump raged, saying there were "bad things" about out about the vaccine expert.

The news comes after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) previously issued a hydroxychloroquine warning due to the increased risk of heart problems.

In April, the FDA issued an advisory which read: "The FDA is aware of reports of serious heart rhythm problems in patients with COVID-19 treated with hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine, often in combination with azithromycin and other QT prolonging medicines.

"We are also aware of increased use of these medicines through outpatient prescriptions.

"We would like to remind health care professionals and patients of the known risks associated with both hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine."

The stark warning about the medication explained that Hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine can cause abnormal heart rhythms and a rapid heart rate, as well as heart and kidney disease in patients with underlying conditions.

But Trump was adamant that word-of-mouth from medics he spoke to over the phone was proof enough.

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Guns N’ Roses Selling Trump Bashing T-Shirt For Charity

Rock band Guns N’ Roses have dropped brand-new merchandise in order to offer relief to the victims of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Frontman Axl Rose, who has remained candid about his distaste for the Trump administration, has taken inspiration from an incident that took place during Donald Trump’s maskless tour of an Arizona factory, which manufactures N95 masks for the government.

During the tour, the president blasted the band’s “Live and Let Die,” for which he came under fire.

The band has put on sale $25 T-shirts that sport the statement “Live N’ Let Die with COVID 45,” in bold fonts on a black background. Trump is the 45th President of the United States.

100% of the proceeds obtained from the sales will be donated to the Recording Academy’s MusiCares, a non-profit organization that “provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need… treating each case with integrity and confidentiality.”

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Trump Organization has ‘pocketed nearly $1MILLION in taxpayer cash for government room rentals of Trump properties’ – The Sun

THE Trump Organization has pocketed nearly $1million in taxpayer cash from government room rentals at Donald Trump's company properties, a new report claims.

Over less than four years, taxpayers have footed the bill for over 1,600 hotel rentals, The Washington Post reported.





Some rooms cost as much as $650 a night, records obtained by The Washington Post show.

In total, the government has paid at least $970,000 to Trump's properties since the beginning of his presidency, according to The Washington Post's record analysis.

That number could be higher, however, as there is more data yet to be analyzed.

Records showed hotel room rentals were paid for staff and Secret Service agents when Trump and his family took trips.

Data showed bills for 950 nights at Trump’s golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, and 530 nights of payments at Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida, records obtained by The Washington Post show.

Trump has been known to make trips to his Mar-a-Lago Club, where he goes golfing, throughout his presidency.




Eric Trump, the president's son and executive vice president of the Trump Organization, said at the Yahoo Finance All Markets Summit last year that rooms from the company were cheaper than housing elsewhere.

Trump said if his father stays at one of the Trump Organization properties, "it saves a fortune because if they were to go to a hotel across the street, they’d be charging them $500 a night, whereas, you know we charge them, like $50."

Eric Trump said that the charges are for minimal things like housekeeping.

The Washington Post did not find any records of rooms costing less than $144.66 per night.

Trump Organization did not respond to The Washington Post for comment on Eric Trump's prior claim.




Former Vice President Joe Biden is the only recent president or VP to charge his own secret service agents rent, the Washington Post said.

Over six years, Biden charged a little over $171,000 for rent at a cottage near his Delaware house.

Trump exceeded this amount within two months of his presidency, The Washington Post reported.

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Trump approval drops as coronavirus deaths rise with only 38% saying they’d vote for him in November – The Sun

PRESIDENT Donald Trump’s approval rating has dropped among voters as the coronavirus death toll in the US continues to rise.

A poll conducted by Reuters/Ipsos earlier this week found that 41 percent of registered voters in the US approved of Trump’s job as president — which is down four points from a similar poll in April.

The poll, released on Tuesday, found that 56 percent of registered voters disapprove of Trump, which is up five points in that same time frame.

Trump is now eight percentage points behind Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, according to the poll.

Of those polled, 46 percent of registered voters said they would support Biden in November — while just 38 percent said they would vote for Trump in the 2020 election.

As for Trump’s handling of the pandemic, voters who disapprove of the way the president has done things outnumber those who approve of his job performance by 13 percentage points.


Trump has repeatedly defended his administration’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak.

In recent weeks, he’s pushed for states and local economies to reopen — despite pushback from public health officials saying it will allow the virus to spread further.

The president initially downplayed the threat of the coronavirus, and in March, told the nations to “just stay calm” as the virus would soon “go away.”

The Washington Post reported in April that Trump repeatedly ignored warnings from health officials about the impact the virus could have on the US.

He was reportedly told during the President's Daily Brief, which includes a summary of reports from intelligence agencies, more than 12 times in Janaury and February of the scale of the virus worldwide.

Trump was also reportedly told that China "was suppressing information" about the contagious nature of the virus and seemed to be providing inaccurate information about their case numbers and death tolls.

On January 31, Trump implemented travel restrictions on those coming in from China.

It temporarily barred entry by foreign nationals who had traveled in China within the previous 14 days, with exceptions for the immediate family of US citizens and permanent residents.



Officials reportedly said that deputy national security adviser Matthew Pottinger urged the US to cut off air travel from Europe in February — but Trump didn’t act until March.

The virus was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 11, which is the same day Trump declared a national emergency and announced the European travel ban.

The president has repeatedly said that China is to blame for the virus, and has said it was the result of a "horrible mistake" after claiming he’d seen evidence the virus originated in a Wuhan lab.

"Personally, I think they made a horrible mistake, and they didn’t want to admit it,” Trump told Fox News in an interview earlier this month.

"We wanted to go in, but they didn’t want us there. They made a mistake, they tried to cover it, like a fire… They couldn’t put out the fire."

He said the US government was now putting together a “strong” report on the origins of the virus, and how the Wuhan Institute of Virology could well have been involved.

The report, he promised, would be "very conclusive".

More than 83,000 people have died from the coronavirus in the US, where more than 1.4million cases have been reported — the highest reported number of any country in the world’s 4.3million.

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Trump fumes over how Pelosi would run US if he and Pence are struck down by coronavirus – The Sun

DONALD Trump has fumed about how "crazy" Nancy Pelosi would run the United States if he and Mike Pence were struck down by the coronavirus.

The president said that himself and the vice president "must be very careful" after a journalist wrote that Pelosi would serve the country if they became ill.


During a 24-hour Twitter rampage, Trump responded to a reporter's tweet which said: "Pelosi would be third in line to serve as president if Trump, Pence become incapacitated by COVID-19."

The president replied: "Then we must be very careful. Crazy Nancy would be a total disaster, and the USA will never be a Communist Country!"

On Tuesday morning, Trump also retweeted a drawing of a Democratic lynch mob, which appeared to be led by Pelosi, for his 79.7million followers to see.

The graphic was captioned "Democrats continue torching America."


While on his social media rant, the president also said that Chinese Americans are "very angry" about the coronavirus "cover-up," a day after he clashed with an Asian American reporter.

On Tuesday morning, Trump tweeted: "Asian Americans are VERY angry at what China has done to our Country, and the World.

"Chinese Americans are the most angry of all. I don’t blame them!"

During a press conference on Monday, Trump walked out of his a coronavirus briefing following a testy exchange with two female reporters – including telling an Asian American journalist to "ask China."

The briefing ended after some verbal sparring with CBS News reporter Weijia Jiang and CNN's Kaitlan Collins.

Trump reacted to the clash in a tweet on Monday night, writing: "The Lamestream Media is truly out of control. Look how they work (conspire!) together.

"They are the Enemy of the People, but don’t worry, we will WIN in November!"

He also called the CBS and CNN reporters "fake journalists."

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Trump claims he did wear a face mask backstage at Arizona factory

Donald Trump claims he did wear a face mask backstage at Arizona factory but was told he didn’t need one for plant tour and it’s not his fault that the press didn’t see it

  • President Donald Trump claimed he did wear a mask backstage when he visited a factory in Arizona that makes the face coverings 
  • He said he was told he didn’t need one for the plant tour
  • ‘I had a mask on for a period of time. I had a mask but I didn’t need it,’ he said  
  • ‘I can’t help it if you didn’t see it,’ he told the press
  • Trump only wore safety goggles on his eyes during the tour Tuesday
  • ‘Attention, face mask is required in this area,’ read the sign in the portion of the Honeywell factory President Trump toured
  • The Honeywell factory he’s visiting was converted to make N95 masks
  •  A White House official said factory officials said mask was not necessary
  • President Trump said he ‘might’ wear one during his visit
  • ‘If it’s a mask facility I will, yeah,’ he said as he left the White House
  • Trump has never been pictured in public wearing a face mask
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

President Donald Trump on Wednesday claimed he did wear a mask behind the scenes when he visited a factory in Arizona that makes the face coverings, but asserted he was told he didn’t need to don one during the plant tour. 

He added it wasn’t his fault the press didn’t see him wear it but admitted it wasn’t on ‘too long.’

‘I had a mask on for a period of time. I had a mask but I didn’t need it,’ he said during an event in the Oval Office, adding that he was standing at such a distance that a mask was not required. 

‘I can’t help it if you didn’t see it,’ he told the press.

President Donald Trump claimed he did wear a mask backstage when he visited a factory in Arizona that makes the face coverings

‘I had a mask on for a period of time. I had a mask but I didn’t need it. I can’t help it if you didn’t see it,’ Trump said while holding an event in the Oval Office Wednesday with nurses for World Nurses Day, where no one wore masks or socially distanced

During a Tuesday tour of Arizona’s Honeywell factory, where they make N95 masks, Trump wore poorly-fitting safety goggles, but said he was told he did not have to wear a mask because he was far away from everyone else

Trump was seen and pictured wearing safety googles during his tour of the Honeywell factory on Tuesday but not a face mask, despite signs posted requiring people to wear the coverings. He said he asked a Honeywell official if he should wear one and was told no. 

‘He said, you don’t need one. We were far away from the people making the masks. They were making the mask,’ Trump said.

He said he wore a mask made in the Honeywell factory. 

‘But I did put a mask on and it was a Honeywell mask, actually,’ he added. ‘I don’t know if you saw it or not, but I had it on.’

He said he didn’t wear it long but ‘had it on backstage.’  

Factory workers did wear masks but the officials giving President Trump the tour did not wear one. President Trump said he saw the factory workers wearing the face coverings, but insisted ‘the workers had them because they are working next to each other.’ 

The president made his remarks during an event in the Oval Office with nurses to mark World Nurses Day. Neither he nor the nurses nor White House officials wore face masks during the event and they did not observe social distancing practices.

‘I can’t help that. Look, I’m trying to be nice and signing a bill and you criticize us,’ President Trump said when asked about it. He signed a proclamation in honor of World Nurses Day.

The nurses were tested for the coronavirus before their meeting with Trump – the White House requires anyone meeting with the president to be tested – and said their results were negative. 

‘We wouldn’t do anything to harm our president,’ one of the nurses said. ‘We are all tested and we are all negative and that’s why we are not socially distancing and why we are not wearing masks.’

Trump only wore safety goggles to protect his eyes on Tuesday’s Honeywell factory visit and not a face mask – despite signs saying such coverings should be worn and as he was surrounded by workers in face masks. 

‘Attention, face mask is required in this area,’ read the sign in the portion of the factory President Trump toured. ‘Please wear your mask at all times,’ was one of the safety guidelines on a sign near the factory’s entrance. 

But President Trump did not wear one as he observed workers. A White House official said that the facility said officials were not required to wear masks but to take all precautions.

The president was non-committal about wearing a mask before he left on his trip, telling reporters at the White House that he might ‘wear’ one.

But he did not.  

President Trump was surrounded by workers wearing masks during the tour

A sign in the portion of the factory President Trump toured required masks be worn, claiming ‘protective equipment is mandatory’

The Honeywall factory the president toured was converted to making N95 masks

The tour came before he sat down with ABC News’ David Muir for an interview in which the president said as states reopen: ‘There’ll be more death, than the virus will pass, with or without a vaccine’.

Over the course of the interview, the president suggested that there would be ‘more death’ due to the coronavirus pandemic, as states begin the process of allowing businesses to reopen. 

‘It’s possible there will be some because you won’t be locked into an apartment or a house or whatever it is,’ the president said. ‘But at the same time, we’re going to practice social distancing, we’re going to be washing hands, we’re going to be doing a lot of the things that we’ve learned to do over the last period of time.’

The president, making his first trip out of Washington in three weeks, toured an Arizona factory that was expanded to make N95 masks in response to the coronavirus epidemic.

During the tour, given by Honeywell International Inc. CEO Darius Adamczyk and Honeywell International Inc. Vice President Tony Stallings, the president was surrounded by workers wearing face coverings as they produced masks to be sent to health care workers on the frontline of the pandemic. 

‘I just want to thank all the people at this incredible company, this incredible plant,’ Trump told workers after his tour. ‘This pandemic has underscored the vital importance of restoring our supply chains and constructing a powerful domestic manufacturing base.’

President Trump has never been photographed wearing a face mask and has shown reluctance to do so even as he acknowledges the recommendation of the CDC to wear one when proper social distancing cannot be enforced. 

Before he left for Arizona, he said he’d wear a mask if it was a ‘mask facility.’

‘If it’s a mask facility I will, yeah. I don’t know if it’s a mask facility,’ he added.  

A sign near the entrance of the Honeywell factory asks people to wear face masks

Arizona Senator Martha McSally (right) listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a tour of a Honeywell International plant; the senator and factory workers wore masks

President Trump praised factory workers after his tour and thanked them for their work

President Donald Trump said he ‘might’ wear a mask during his visit to an Arizona factory that expanded to make N95 masks in response to the coronavirus epidemic

A group of Arizona lawmakers traveling with Trump – Senator Martha McSally and Reps. Debbie Lesko and Paul Gosar – took a selfie before boarding Air Force One and did not social distance in photo

Honeywell started making masks at the end of April due to concerns about a shortage of facial coverings. The company said it can make 10 million of the masks per month. 

Arizona remains under a modified stay-at-home order until May 15.  Republican Gov. Doug Ducey allowed some stores to reopen Monday voluntarily as part of the administration’s push to get the country reopen. The state has seen almost 9,000 infections and more than 350 deaths. 

Trump’s trip had additional security concerns – how to stop anyone from getting infected from the coronavirus when the group travels together in the tight quarters of Air Force One and the cars in the presidential motorcade.

Three Arizona Republican lawmakers traveled to the state with Trump. Senator Martha McSally tweeted a photo of them in front of Air Force One preparing to board and ignoring social distancing guidelines.

‘Headed to Arizona on Air Force One soon,’ she wrote, adding a selfie that showed Rep. Paul Gosar and Rep. Debbie Lesko in tight approximation with her.

President Trump said everyone traveling with him on the plane was tested for the coronavirus. The White House has ordered anyone meeting with the president to undergo a coronavirus test first.  Factory workers at Honeywell were also reported to have been tested for the virus. 

‘Everybody traveling has been tested,’ Trump said at the White House before he departed. ‘Literally they have been tested over the last hour and the test results come back in 5 minutes. We have great testing or they wouldn’t be allowed to travel with me. It’s not my choice, it’s a very strong group of people that want to make sure that they are tested, including Secret Service. They’re all tested – everyone traveling on the plane.’ 

Gosar spent two weeks in March in self-quarantine out of concerns he came in contact with someone who tested positive for the virus while attending CPAC. 

The dentist-turned-congressman closed his offices and wrote he’d rather die ‘gloriously in battle’ than from the coronavirus.

‘Been thinking about life and mortality today,’ Gosar tweeted at the time. ‘I’d rather die gloriously in battle than from a virus. In a way it doesn’t matter. But it kinda does.’ 

Trump has been noncommittal about mask wearing after Vice President Mike Pence was criticized for not wearing one during a visit to the Mayo Clinic last week, flouting hospital policy to wear a face covering. Pence later said he should have worn one.

‘I will know when I get there. If it’s a masked environment I would have no problem,’ the president told reporters on Air Force One as they prepared to go to Arizona. 

The president’s last trip to Arizona was on February 19, when he held a campaign rally in Phoenix.  The state is crucial to his re-election.

A poll out last month showed Democratic presumptive nominee Joe Biden up nine points in Arizona, which tends to trend red. The poll was a troubling sign for Trump as Arizona hasn’t gone for a Democratic presidential candidate since 1996. 

The president has shown his restlessness.

‘I’ve been at the White House now for many months, and I’d like to get out,’ Trump said last week.

As the coronavirus crisis was becoming more serious at the beginning of March, the president spent the weekend away at his Mar-a-Lago resort and then stopped in Orlando to host fundraisers before returning to the White House on March 9. 

President Trump has never been pictured in public wearing a face mask

Vice President Mike Pence was criticized for not wearing a face mask during his trip to the Mayo Clinic last week; he later said he should have worn a mask

He’s essentially been there since. 

The president took a day trip to Norfolk, Virginia on March 28 to see the USNS Comfort depart for New York City. 

This past weekend, Trump flew off the Camp David before returning Sunday. 

He then participated in a Fox News Channel town hall at the nearby Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. 

Trump admits there will be ‘more deaths’ as states start to reopen and US fatalities hit 70,000, believes coronavirus ‘will pass with or without a vaccine’ and predicts the economy will be ‘raging’ next year

President Trump had a message for the families of the 70,000-plus Americans who are now dead from COVID-19. 

‘I want to say I love you,’ he told ABC News’ David Muir in an interview that was broadcast Tuesday night. ‘And to the people that have lost somebody, there’s nobody – I don’t sleep at nights thinking about it – there’s nobody that’s taken it harder than me.’ 

Over the course of the interview, the president suggested that there would be ‘more death’ due to the coronavirus pandemic, as states begin the process of allowing businesses to reopen. 

President Donald Trump and ABC News’ David Muir practice social distancing during an interview on Tuesday night

Trump said in the ABC interview that ‘we can’t sit in the house for the next three years’

‘It’s possible there will be some because you won’t be locked into an apartment or a house or whatever it is,’ the president said. ‘But at the same time, we’re going to practice social distancing, we’re going to be washing hands, we’re going to be doing a lot of the things that we’ve learned to do over the last period of time.’   

The president said the reality is, ‘We can’t sit in the house for the next three years.’ 

‘There’ll be more death, than the virus will pass, with or without a vaccine,’ he again suggested. 

There’s no evidence yet that the coronavirus will simply go away, or that it’s seasonal. 

‘And I think we’re doing very well on the vaccines but, with or without a vaccine, it’s going to pass and we’re going to be back to normal. But it’s been a rough process. There is no question about it,’ Trump said. 

Several weeks ago, on April 17, Trump said he expected ‘around 60,000, maybe 65,000’ Americans dead of the coronavirus. 

Ten days later he used 70,000 as the benchmark. 

The death toll surpassed 70,000 earlier Tuesday. 

On Friday, he said ‘hopefully’ the full tally would be below 100,000 lives lost. 

During Sunday night’s Fox News Channel town hall at the Lincoln Memorial, Trump  acknowledged he kept giving himself a higher ceiling.  

‘I used to say 65,000. Now I’m saying 80 or 90 and it goes up and it goes up rapidly,’ Trump told the anchors. ‘But it’s still going to be, no matter how you look at it, at the very lower end of the plane if we did the shutdown.’ 

The president had put the original ’15 Days to Slow the Spread’ in place when medical experts cited a death count in the millions if no social distancing was practiced. 

To the family members of victims Trump said, ‘I want to say that we’re doing everything that we can.’  

‘We love you, we’re with you, we’re working with you, we’re supplying vast amounts of money like never before, we want that money to get to the people and we want them to get better,’ Trump said. 

‘No matter how well we do next year – I think our economy is going to be raging, it’s going to be so good – no matter how well, those people can never ever replace somebody they love,’ the president continued. 

‘But we’re going to have something that they’re going to be very proud of,’ he added.  

Muir and his ABC News team interviewed Trump during his first big trip out of the White House since the coronavirus pandemic struck. 

Trump traveled to Phoenix, Arizona where he toured a Honeywell N95 mask plant – and didn’t wear a mask. 

Muir said during the ‘World News Tonight’ broadcast his temperature was taken before the sit-down and he sat at least 11 feet away from Trump.  

‘There were no handshakes with the president this time,’ Muir said.  

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