Ahead of the president’s first national move outside the White House since the Corona Virus pandemic began, everyone wants to know if Donald J. Trump will be making his podium speech while wearing a mask?
A White House official confirmed Wednesday that President Donald Trump will visit the Phoenix Honeywell facility for an industry event May 5, despite Gov. Doug Ducey extending his stay-at-home order to May 15. The visit marks the first time the president has traveled outside Washington, D.C., since the end of March.
Honeywell International, a North Carolina-based aerospace defense contractor and engineering company with a long history in Arizona, will host the event.
Despite the national precautions around the pandemic, Donald Trump has yet to wear a mask in public.
The president will visit the aerospace facility that is expanding its production to meet the demand for the critical N-95 respirator masks needed for health care workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic, according to White House spokesman Judd Deere.
The visit is meant to highlight the company’s production of essential medical equipment, such as N95 masks, and the addition of 500 manufacturing jobs at the jet engine facility near Sky Harbor International Airport, a White House official told Cronkite News.
Asked last week if he would wear a mask on the trip, Trump was noncommittal.
“The visit will highlight Honeywell’s investment in critical medical equipment production within the United States and the addition of 500 manufacturing jobs in Arizona,” Deere said in a statement. “President Trump and his Administration, and the Coronavirus Task Force continue to lead the fight for Arizona and the country against this invisible enemy.”
The president has not left the White House since March 28, when he traveled to Norfolk, Virginia, to send off the USS Comfort, a Navy hospital ship deployed to assist with New York City’s coronavirus response. Trump is also expected to travel to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point on June 13 to deliver a commencement address.
Honeywell, best known for its thermostats and air purifiers, manufactures supply chain, building technology and aerospace products but announced in late March it would make N95 masks to help meet heavy demand.