Trump says may head outdoors for campaign rallies amid pandemic

Speaking before taking a tour of a Ford Motor Co. plant in Ypsilanti where breathing ventilators are being made in response to the coronavirus pandemic, Trump said Benson's action invites corruption.

Surrounded by Ford executives wearing masks, Trump told reporters he had put one on out of the view of cameras.

"Today I'm identifying houses of worship - churches, synagogues and mosques - as essential places that provide essential services", Trump said during a hastily arranged press conference at the White House, where he didn't take questions. He was to tour the plant later in the day.

Although the facility requires everyone on site to wear a face covering, the president was not seen by reporters at the facility wearing a face covering.

Trump made the visit despite an executive order from Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer that bans nonessential visits to manufacturing facilities in the state to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. Trump has encouraged anti-lockdown protests against Whitmer in the state.

"Before the virus, African American unemployment reached its lowest level in history and African American poverty reached its lowest level in history".

"We are the most American automaker", Ford said. People want to go in.

"You have a lot of, unfortunately, in this case Democrat governors (who) think it's good politics to keep it closed", Trump said.

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"We are going to put out the fires, we're not going to close the country, we're going to put out the fire", Trump said on Thursday, referring to a second wave.

Whitmer on Thursday moved to further reopen Michigan's economy through a series of executive orders.

Trump visited Ypsilanti, outside Detroit, to tour the Rawsonville Component Plant that had been repurposed to manufacture ventilators, the medical breathing machines governors begged for during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Trump on Thursday reiterated his opposition to mail-in voting but declined to discuss what funding he was considering trying to withhold.

Speaking to reporters during the tour of the auto plant, the president also suggested that he will start staging campaign rallies at outdoor sites. "We're going to look at it".

"People say that's a very distinct possibility", Trump said. Rising floodwaters have displaced thousands of residents near the city of Midland.

Trump spoke in front of a banner proclaiming "Transition to Greatness", his new rallying cry for recovery after the layoffs, business closures, sales slumps and other economic effects of the pandemic. "We got to get our churches open".

Trump addressed Whitmer briefly during his speech, saying he had a "great" conversation with her regarding the recent floods in mid-Michigan.

  • Sonia Alvarado