United States Vice President Mike Pence visited the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota on Tuesday without wearing a mask, despite the hospital asking visitors to wear them to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
On its website, the Mayo Clinic states that “it requires all patients, visitors, and staff to wear a mask or face mask to decrease the spread of covid-19.”
Through Twitter, the Mayo Clinic, located in the city of Rochester, stated that it informed the vice president about the importance of the mask use policy before his visit. However, the tweet was removed less than an hour after it was posted.RELATED
In the released images, Pence is seen visiting the facilities and 10 people in the area around Pence, including one on a stretcher who was on site donating blood. They all wore masks, except Pence.
The vice president was also not wearing a mask when he got off the plane and went to the Mayo Clinic, where workers greeted him with applause, CNBC reported.
During the visit, Pence spoke with hospital doctors, Minnesota Governor Tim Waltz, and Republican Rep. Jim Hagedorn.
The vice president also gave a press conference at the facility, during which a reporter asked him why he was not wearing a mask, to which Pence defended his actions.
“As the vice president of the United States, I am regularly tested for the coronavirus, and everyone around me is tested for the coronavirus,” Pence told reporters.
“Since I don’t have the coronavirus, I thought it would be a good opportunity for me to be here, to be able to speak to these investigators of this amazing healthcare staff and look them in the eye and say thank you,” he said.
In addition, another reporter asked Pence how often the diagnosis is made and if he believes his decision not to use it today sends a positive message to the American public. The vice president did not answer the last question and merely stated that it is evaluated on a regular basis.
On April 3, President Donald Trump recognized the new guide from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which recommends that all citizens wear face masks in public places, although he said he would not follow the call.
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