A new book reveals why Donald Trump almost never wore a mask during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, even before the development of vaccines and effective treatments for the infection.
He worried about his makeup, according to Cassidy Hutchinson, who was an aide to Mark Meadows when he was Trump’s White House chief of staff.
The Guardian reports that his book, “Enough,” describes Trump’s visit to a Honeywell facility in Arizona in May 2020, where he went without a mask despite the fact that the facility itself manufactured them.
Hutchinson wrote that he tried on a white mask before the event, then asked staff for their opinions.
“I slowly shook my head. The president removed the mask and asked me why I thought he should not wear it,” she wrote. “I pointed to the straps of the N95 I was holding. When he looked at the straps of his mask, he saw that they were covered in bronzer.
He wasn’t happy about that.
“Why didn’t anyone else tell me,” he asked. “I’m not wearing that thing.”
Trump was almost never seen wearing one again, with a few exceptions.
“The press criticized him for not wearing a mask, unaware that the depths of his vanity had driven him to reject masks – and then millions of his fans followed suit,” she wrote, according to The Guardian.
Trump claimed he had a different reason for refusing to wear a mask.
Washington Post reporters Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker said in 2021 that he told them it was “about the importance in his mind of looking strong, healthy, impenetrable.” .
“Enough” will be released on September 26, but is already making headlines with Hutchinson’s account that Rudy Giuliani groped him backstage at Trump’s January 6, 2021 rally that preceded the assault on Congress.
Giuliani has denied The incident.