President Donald Trump engaged in a public feud with yet another female politician from MI, this time smearing the state's Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel as "wacky" and "do nothing" after she publicly called him out for refusing to comply with her state's mask wearing laws during a visit to a Ford PPE plant.
"I didn't want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it", Trump said, later donning one of the protective face shields also made at the plant. Other Ford executives and White House officials were masked.
When asked if Trump was told it was not acceptable to not wear a mask in the plant, Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford said, "It's up to him".
"People say that's a very distinct possibility, it's standard", said Trump. He was the only one in the group not wearing a mask.
Trump visited Ypsilanti, outside Detroit, to tour the Rawsonville Component Plant that had been repurposed to manufacture ventilators, the medical breathing machines governors begged for during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"I ask that while you are on tour you respect the great efforts of the men and women at Ford - and across this state - by wearing a facial covering", Nessel wrote.
"A permanent lockdown is not a strategy for a healthy state or a healthy country", Trump said. "I think it's going to be sooner rather than later".
Trump did not wear a mask when in public view during a visit to a Ford plant in Ypsilanti earlier in the day.
Just last week she said Americans "should be celebrating" that President Trump and Vice President Pence are healthy in the face of a pandemic that had at that point killed over 85,000 Americans.
"And now we're going to turn it back on like never before", Trump said in a speech on the factory floor.
And, Trump concluded, "Americans who need and want to return to work should not be vilified".
"If we are unsuccessful, or prematurely try to open up, and we have additional outbreaks that are out of control, it could be a rebound to get us right back in the same boat that we were in a few weeks ago", Fauci told CNN at the time.
Trump told Nessel on Twitter she shouldn't be taking her anger out on Ford.
Trump on Wednesday said he and Whitmer in their call discussed the coronavirus pandemic and the catastrophic flooding and mass evacuations caused by the failure of dams in the state's central region - not his tweeted threat to withhold federal money.
So far, all 50 states have begun reopening businesses. Trump has encouraged anti-lockdown protests against Whitmer in the state.