Mr Trump visited wounded US service members at the Walter Reed National Medical Center, and was pictured wearing a black face mask with a presidential seal.
“I’m going to Walter Reed to see some of our great soldiers who have been injured. Badly injured. And also see some of our Covid workers, people who have such a great job,” the President told media on Thursday, a few days before his planned visit.
“And I expect to be wearing a mask when I go into Walter Reed. You’re in a hospital so I think it’s a very appropriate thing.”
“I had one on before. I wore one in this back area. But I didn’t want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it,” Mr Trump said when he was asked why.
“But I had it in the back area, I did put a mask on.
“(It’s) not necessary here. Everybody’s been tested and I’ve been tested. In fact I was tested this morning. So it’s not necessary.”
Ford got in trouble for allowing Trump to walk around maskless. It later released a statement clarifying what happened.
“(Executive Chairman) Bill Ford encouraged President Trump to wear a mask when he arrived. He wore a mask during a private viewing of three Ford GTs from over the years. The President later removed the mask for the remainder of the visit,” it said.