President Donald Trump was uninvited from an event at a Pennsylvania factory due to safety concerns. Trump was scheduled to speak at Braskem, a company that produced personal protective equipment, On Friday, however, Braskem CEO Mark Nicholich postponed the event, stating that the risks involved were too big for the employees, who had previously confined themselves in the factory for 26 days to produce medical attire.

“We are deeply honored by the White House’s acknowledgment of our production resiliency teams,” he said. “However, after many discussions, the parties agreed due to the nature of petrochemical operations and the safety of our team members and visitors a visit wasn’t feasible.”

The CEO maintained that the risk of contamination was too large and decided to put off the event.

Both Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have been reluctant to wear face coverings, even after Pence’s press secretary Katie Miller tested positive for coronavirus. While Dr. Anthony Fauci has decided to undergo a preventive two-week quarantine after exposure to Miller, Trump and Pence are continuing to travel and participate in press briefings. Last Tuesday, Trump visited a Honeywell facility in Phoenix, Arizona, that produced masks on a large scale, while Pence was seen delivering personal protective equipment to a Virginia nursing home.


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The president has been criticized for not wearing a mask, but anonymous sources revealed to the Washington Post that he often wears a mask backstage, and also reported that Pence is getting tested every day to ensure his safety and that of those around him. Earlier this week, White House staffers entering the West Wing were presented with a memo demanding they wear a mask when leaving their personal desk and avoid public offices unnecessary visits to offices frequented by Trump.


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