President Trump has made it clear he has no interest in wearing a mask, despite the CDC's guidance, and, without saying as much himself, Vice President Mike Pence is following Trump's lead. Reactions were swift after Pence was the only person who failed to wear a mask during his visit to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, despite the fact that the clinic has a policy requiring masks that was shared with Pence prior to the visit. A sampling of opinions:
- "Pence’s actions are difficult to divorce from Trump’s own stance toward masks," writes Aaron Blake at the Washington Post, noting that Trump has pointed out multiple times that masks are not mandatory. "Health considerations aside, there is certainly something to be said for the leaders of a country setting an example. Trump and his administration have flirted with supporting efforts to flout more-restrictive state measures to confront the coronavirus, and now Trump and Pence are sending a signal that strict precautions might not be necessary for everyone."