White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany defended Donald Trump’s decision to meet with World War II veterans without a mask on just a day after the president’s personal valet tested positive for COVID-19.
Friday marked the 75th anniversary of V-E Day and Trump met with war veterans who are in their 90s. Trump decided not to wear any protective equipment despite having come in contact with his valet who tested positive for the coronavirus.
McEnany tried to justify Trump’s decision by claiming that the veterans wanted to be there and it was their responsibility.
“This president is regularly tested,” she said. “This president will make the decision as to whether to wear a mask or not. I can tell you those veterans are protected.”
“I can tell you that those veterans are protected,” McEnany added. “They made the choice to come here because they’ve chosen to put their nation first. They wanted to be with their commander-in-chief on this momentous day, and it was their choice to come here, and I can tell you that the president always puts the safety of our veterans first and of the American people first.”
You can read the transcript below:
Here's the transcript of McEnany's comments about Trump not wearing a mask while in the vicinity of veterans in their 90s. pic.twitter.com/RMuJOrQNUx
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Also, here’s a video of her statements:
McEnany on if Trump considered wearing a mask around World War 2 veterans: "This president will make the decision as to whether to wear a mask or not … they made the choice to come here … they wanted to be with their Commander in Chief on this momentous day." pic.twitter.com/E3HjTvgQ3L
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 8, 2020