Despite efforts by health agencies around the world to promote the importance of wearing masks, U.S. President Donald Trump still doesn’t wear them when he visits the new coronavirus swab factory, citing the fact that he doesn’t want to be recorded by the news media. Mr. Trump had hoped to use it to boost the spirit of “Made in America,” but the factory relentlessly abandoned all cotton swabs made during the president’s visit, without giving a clear reason.
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Even though the airline had asked passengers to keep their mouths and noses out of the way, Mr. Trump did the same when he visited the Puritan Medical Products factory in Maine over the weekend — completing a tour of the swabs at the manufacturing facility of the new coronavirus swab without a mask.
Media reported that Mr. Trump’s move was intended to trumpet “Made in America” and stressed that the country has sufficient resources to fight coVID-19 disease caused by the new coronavirus.
However, after the visit, the company’s marketing manager explained in a statement to USA Today that “when the president visits, the machines running in the factory are very limited and the swabs produced during this period will be discarded.”
In addition, the Portland Press Herald notes that nearly a third of Nursing Homes in Maine reported a lack of nasal swabs last month, and nearly 61 percent of respondents said they had less than half a dozen left, indicating that supplies of native-made products in the U.S. remain tight.