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Ivanka Trump wears face mask on delayed launch of Nasa SpaceX after President mocked it as “politically correct”



Ivanka Trump wore a face mask for the NASA launch on Thursday, a day after her father, Donald Trump, derided the practice as “politically correct”.

Trump and her children wore the patterned masks that matched their clothes when they arrived at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the historic launch of two US astronauts to the International Space Station. Bad weather delayed the actual launch until Saturday.

The man, Jared Kushner, went without a mask, as did the president, who arrived separately.

Ivanka Trump, President Donald Trump’s daughter and advisor, arrives at a SpaceX launch in Florida with her husband Jared Kushner and their children (AFP via Getty Images)

One day earlier, Trump mocked the masks as “politically correct” while denying that he mocked Joe Biden for wearing a mask on Memorial Day.


“You want to be politically correct,” the president told a reporter, who asked him to remove his mask to ask a question more audibly in the White House’s rose garden.

The president has spent the past two days saying he did not mock people wearing masks after sharing a tweet from Fox News host Brit Hume on Monday night that made a joke of Mr Biden’s face covering.

“I thought it was good,” Trump said. “I didn’t criticize him.”

Mr Biden called Trump Trump an “absolute idiot” for mocking people wearing a mask.

“Presidents should lead, not engage in folly and be falsely masculine,” he said during an interview with CNN.

The Trump family was in Florida to watch the first manned launch of Elon Musk’s SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the spacecraft Crew Dragon.

It’s the first spacecraft to launch astronauts into orbit from Cape Canaveral since the end of the space shuttle program in 2011, but the weather in Florida saw the event delayed for three days, just 13 minutes before it detonated.


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