It’s perfectly in character for the President to spectacularly spurn bureaucrats and government boffins. He has long been suspicious of science and chafes against rules. He’s also built a brand on being a disruptive outsider
, so the fact that doctors doubt hydroxychloroquine could actually be a selling point among conspiracy theorists he attracts.
Trump also cares deeply about appearances, and believes that wearing a mask could undercut his message that it’s safe to open the economy, sources tell CNN. Literally breathing defiance, Trump and his entourage swept into the US Capitol for lunch bare-faced on Tuesday. He has been pictured sans face covering
while his scientific advisers are masked in the background, and that’s the kind of photo op he wants — effete establishment eggheads wearing masks behind the warrior President.
No one can accuse Trump of going native in Washington. His example might be reckless, but he’s siding with those pro-Trump Americans who suspect the virus has become an excuse to snatch their freedoms. Still, something will have to give. Trump is due to visit a Ford factory in Michigan this week
, where management has publicly told the White House that masks are mandatory.
Could bosses at a car plant in a vital swing state succeed in constraining Trump where the nation’s top scientists failed?
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