Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel took aim at Donald Trump on Thursday, calling the president a “petulant child who refuses to follow the rules” after he went against public health mandates when he toured a Ford plant without wearing a facial covering.
Trump has generated controversy in recent weeks for his trips outside the White House where he has not worn a mask, despite guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calling on all Americans to wear one while in public to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Ahead of the visit to the Ford plant, the company had stated the president would be required to wear a mask during his tour. However, he took it off shortly after arriving.
Nessel blasted Trump afterward, saying his actions could have put people at serious risk.
“The president is a petulant child who refuses to follow the rules, and I have to say, this is no joke,” Nessel said during an appearance on CNN, via The Hill.
Public health experts have said that wearing a facial covering is one of the most effective ways to slow the spread of the coronavirus, which is transmitted primarily through respiratory droplets. Trump has been in close contact with people who have tested positive for COVID-19, though he himself has repeatedly tested negative.
The attorney general was vocal before the president’s visit about the need for him to wear a facial covering, even threatening that the state could sue companies that allow him to visit without proper protection. As The Inquisitr reported, Nessel warned ahead of Trump’s appearance that he must wear a mask to protect the health of those around him, noting the state of Michigan has a law in place requiring people wear a facial covering in public.
After Trump appeared without one, Nessel said he has a responsibility as the nation’s leader to set an example of health and safety.
“He is portraying the worst possible message to those who can’t afford to be on the receiving end,” she said. “It’s very, very concerning.”
“I think the message he’s sending is the same message he sent when he took office in 2017, which is, ‘I don’t care about you, I don’t care about your health, I don’t care about your welfare, I don’t care about anyone but myself.'”
It was not clear as of this writing if the attorney general has any intention of following through on the threat of potential legal action.