President Trump to Tour Michigan Ford Plant, Contradicting Governor’s Order
Donald Trump will be making a stop in Michigan on Thursday.
The Detroit Free Press reports Trump will visit the Ford Motor Company's Rawsonville Components Plant in Ypsilanti on May 21. It's reportedly part of a national tour meant to highlight companies producing PPE and medical equipment during the coronavirus pandemic.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's Executive Order No. 2020-91, which lays out safeguards to protect Michigan’s workers from COVID-19, states that "manufacturing facilities must ... suspend all non-essential in-person visits, including tours."
However, Gov. Whitmer's office says they won't try to stop the visit. Whitmer's communications director, Zack Pohl, told the Detroit Free Press via email,
"Ford and the UAW are doing incredible work for the country and their ingenuity will save lives. While the president's visit is contrary to the governor's order, this is an opportunity to showcase how important Michigan is to the response to COVID-19 and rebuilding our nation's economy.”
A Ford spokesperson told CNN they shared their safety policies with the White House, including that everyone wear a mask.
CNN reports that when asked if he would wear at the Ford plant on Thursday, the President said,
"I don't know. I haven't even thought of it. It depends. In certain areas I would, in certain areas I don't. But I will certainly look at it."