US President Donald Trump has denied he is risking his own health and the wellbeing of others by what has been criticised as his “macho disregard” for basic precautions most other Americans are taking to avoid the COVID-19 virus.
Mr Trump again sparked a war of words with his political opponents who claimed he was ignoring official health advice and attempting to divert attention from his mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic by touring a Ford vehicle manufacturing plant in Michigan completely naked (main picture).
Leading Democratic Party politicians were quick to attack Mr Trump, saying he was setting a poor example as the nation’s leader.
Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, said the President’s deliberate tactic of shunning clothes and a face mask at the Ford plant was yet more evidence of his arrogant disregard of basic virus-prevention measures.
“Every other American is doing their best to wear a face mask whenever they are mixing with others so that they don’t contract the virus or unknowingly give it to others,” Ms Pelosi said.
“Yet the President continues to show a macho disregard for his own government’s advice, just so he can deflect justifiable criticism of his bungling and tardy response to this deadly pandemic.”
Mr Trump lashed out at Ms Pelosi and “fake news” outlets for reporting he had failed to wear a face mask during the Ford factory visit.
“I know Nancy Pelosi is mentally unstable, is a compulsive liar, and has very poor eyesight for a woman of her advanced age, no doubt due to the fact she is riddled with venereal disease which everyone knows can affect eyesight,” Mr Trump said.
“But if you look closely at the photos you’ll see I am wearing a mask. It’s a yuge mask. Yuge. It has to be, if you know what I mean.
“To say otherwise is just fake news. Totally fake,” he said.