“The president is like a child who refuses to follow the rules,” Nessel said in an appearance late Thursday on CNN. “This is no joke.”
Nessel, who write a very hard letter for Trump before his visit told him that he had “legal” and “moral responsibility” to wear a mask, letting go of the president inside Interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. Nessel criticized Trump for sending a “terrible message” and said that his reluctance to obey the Democratic Governor. Gretchen Whitmer executive order and Ford’s policy of requiring company closure shows that he doesn’t care about anyone but himself.
“He is a silly person and I am ashamed to make him president of the United States,” he said. “I hope that Michigan voters will remember this when November comes. That he doesn’t care enough about their safety, he doesn’t care about their well-being, he doesn’t respect enough for them just to be involved in a very simple task, a task without pain, a task that is easy to wear a mask when he is provided one. “
He continued: “I hope that we will have a new president soon who values people more than this president.”
The state’s chief law enforcement official also duplicated the previous threat to take action against any company or facility in Michigan that allowed Trump to enter without a mask, telling Blitzer that his office “must have very serious talks with Ford at the event they allowed the president to be in. in public closed places that violate orders. “
Nessel’s criticism does not suit Trump.
“Michigan’s Attorney General, Dana Nessel, viciously threatened the Ford Motor Company because I inspected the Ventilator factory without a mask,” the president tweeted shortly after 11 pm “It’s not their fault, and I did wear a mask. No wonder many car companies left Michigan, until I came!”
Less than five minutes later, Trump opened fire another attack aimed at “Don’t do anything A.G. from the Great State of Michigan.”
Nessel, he wrote, “should not bring his anger and ignorance to Ford Motor – they might be angry with you and leave the state, as many other companies have – until I come and bring business back to Michigan.”
Do not do anything AG from the State of Michigan, Dana Nessel, may not bring anger and ignorance to Ford Motor – they may be upset with you and leave the state, like many other companies – until I come and bring business back to Michigan. PROFESSION!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 22, 2020
Ford did not respond to requests for comment from The Washington Post on Friday morning. But in a statement to reporters after Trump’s visit, the company said that chief executive Bill Ford had “encouraged” the president to wear face coverings on his tour of the Detroit area plant that had been redesigned to produce ventilators and masks.
“He wore a mask during the personal watching of three Ford GTs for years,” the company statement said. “The president then takes off the mask for the rest of the visit.”
Trump said the same thing to reporters Thursday after he was asked about his decision to leave without a mask.
“I had one before,” he said, standing naked in front of a number of men wearing masks and billboards advertising the mask making effort at the facility. “But I don’t want to make the press happy to see it.”
Trump added that he was “given a choice” about wearing face masks.
“I have one in an area where they prefer, so I wear it and it’s very good. But they said, “There’s no need to be here,” he said, then showed off a sea-blue mask with the president’s stamp on the camera.
When asked to confirm Trump’s comments, Bill Ford just shrugged and replied, “Whatever he says.”
Trump ignored the facility policy and Whitmer’s executive order, which requires face masks to be worn in all closed public spaces, sparking widespread reaction Thursday, especially from Nessel. Ahead of Trump’s visit, Nessel said that the president would be asked not to return to Michigan if he did not follow the country’s mask mandate.
In his interview with Blitzer, Nessel said Thursday’s events were “very disappointing and not yet fully predictable,” possibly referring to an example in the past where Trump did not respect mask policies – even those that implemented by the White House.
However, Nessel stressed that Trump’s actions were “very, very concerning.”
“He delivered the worst possible message to people who were unable to be on the receiving end of terrible misinformation,” he said, noting that the virus now has killed more than 93,000 people national. In Michigan alone, there have been around 53,500 confirmed cases and more than 5,100 deaths, according to the latest figures.
Ignoring the mask requirements, Nessel said Trump basically told people, “I don’t care about you. … I do not care about anyone but myself. “
Regarding the issue of taking action against Ford, Nessel did not discuss specifically, but warned the automaker that Thursday’s visit could jeopardize the safety of its employees.
“They know exactly what the order is and if they allow anyone, even the president of the United States to oppose the order, I think it has serious health consequences, which have the potential for their workers,” he said. “The last thing we want to see is that this particular factory must now close its doors … because someone might have been infected by the president. That is a real possibility. “
Even though the new coronavirus reach the White House Earlier this month, Trump said he was consistently tested negative. Before leaving for Michigan on Thursday, Trump provided an update on his daily test results, told reporters“I tested it very positively in another sense. … I tested positive for negatives. “
“I tested it perfectly this morning,” he continued. “It means I was tested negative. But that’s the way to say it: Positive in the negative direction. “
TRUMP: “I was tested very positively in a different sense. So this morning, yes – I tested positive for negatives, right? So, no, I was tested perfectly this morning. That is – that means I was tested negative. But that’s the way to say it: Positive in the negative direction. ” pic.twitter.com/MYfMqcK6Vy
– JM Rieger (@RiegerReport) May 21, 2020
That didn’t stop Nessel from condemning Trump’s behavior at the Ford factory on Thursday, or responding to his Twitter attack with his own tweet.
“Looks like you have a problem with the three women who run MI – as well as your ability to tell the truth,” Nessel tweeted right before midnight, referring to Trump’s latest clash by Whitmer and Michigan State Secretary Jocelyn Benson.
“Also, it’s hard to say that I didn’t do anything as an AG with all my own lawsuits and other @DemocraticAGs have filed and won against you,” he added.
Nessel was not the only one on Thursday who chased Trump for failing to wear a mask for the entire tour.
Seeing the lower part of Trump’s face proved as annoying as the late-night host Stephen Colbert, who likened the president’s visit to “a series of disasters“Michigan is experiencing.
But the CBS host said Trump was right about one thing: the media would be too happy to see it in a mask.
“It would be nice to see less of her face,” joked Colbert.
Anne Gearan contributed to this report.
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