Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday opted to not put on a face masks throughout a go to to the Mayo Clinic’s campus in Minnesota, bucking the group’s necessary masking coverage amid the pandemic.
Video confirmed Pence, whose face was absolutely uncovered, surrounded by masked workers members and a masked patient whereas touring the clinic. It wasn’t instantly clear whether or not the patient was contaminated with the coronavirus.
The Mayo Clinic knowledgeable Pence of the masking coverage previous to his go to, the group tweeted Tuesday. The tweet has since been deleted, however the clinic confirmed to HuffPost that it shared the masking coverage with the vp’s office.
Wall Street Journal reporter Gordon Lubold, who was current for the vp’s go to, tweeted that the clinic made it clear that everybody ought to put on a masks.
The clinic’s website states that every one sufferers, guests and workers are required to put on a masks on campus in an effort to curb the contagion.
“Please bring your own face mask or covering to wear,” the website states.
Neither Pence’s office nor the Mayo Clinic instantly responded to HuffPost’s requests for comment.
Pence defended his alternative, nevertheless, whereas talking to White Home pool reporters Tuesday afternoon.
“As vice president of the United States, I’m tested for the coronavirus on a regular basis, and everyone who is around me is tested for the coronavirus,” Pence mentioned.
“And since I don’t have the coronavirus, I thought it’d be a good opportunity for me to be here, to be able to speak to these researchers these incredible health care personnel and look them in the eye and say thank you.”
President Donald Trump earlier this month introduced tips from the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention that beneficial individuals put on fabric face masks in public settings the place social distancing could also be tough to keep up.
Trump, nevertheless, mentioned that he didn’t plan to follow the steerage.
“I don’t think I’m going to be doing it,” Trump said during a news briefing on the White Home on April 3. “Wearing a face mask as I greet presidents, prime ministers, dictators, kings, queens — I just don’t see it.”
This can be a growing story. Test again for updates.
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