President Trump said he wore a mask during a tour of a Honeywell factory in Arizona on Tuesday. Trump, speaking to reporters today, said he can’t help it if you didn’t see him.
Speaking in front of nurses in the Oval Office – who were wearing scrubs and gowns, but no masks – Trump was asked why he wasn’t wearing a mask at the facility the day prior.
“I actually did have one, no,” he responded, “I put a mask on—yeah. I had a mask on for a period of time.”
When a reporter said that none of the press saw him wearing a mask, Trump shot back: “I can’t help it if you didn’t see me.”
“I mean I had a mask on but I didn’t need it, and I asked specifically the head of Honeywell, ‘should I wear a mask?’ And he said, ‘well you don’t need one in this territory,’ and as you knew, we were far away from people — from the people making the masks. They were making the masks,” he said.
“But I did put a mask on and it was a Honeywell mask, actually. And I also had a 3M mask, and I had about four other masks, but I did have it on. I don’t know if you saw it, but I did have it on,” he said.
Pressed on how long he wore the mask, the President paused slightly, and responded that it wasn’t “too long.”
“Not too long,” he said, “but I had it on. I had it on back — backstage. But they said you didn’t need it, so, I didn’t need it. And by the way if you noticed nobody else had it on that was in the group.”
Video from the facility shows workers wearing masks, which the President admitted.
“The workers had them on yeah, the workers were there. Because they’re working next to each other,” he said.
When another reporter asked how it looks for him to be in public not wearing a mask or practicing social distancing, the President seemed to have had enough. “I’m trying to be nice,” he said. “I’m signing a bill, and you criticize us. Look here’s the story: there’s nothing I can do to satisfy the media, the Democrats, who are the fake news. And I understand that.”