Melania Trump wore a face mask on Marine One Monday when she joined President Donald Trump for a trip to Baltimore to honor Memorial Day.
The first lady did not wear the mask in public but cameras caught her with one as she sat in the helicopter. The narrow seats on Marine One and the number of people traveling on it make social distance almost impossible.
Melania Trump has advocated that people wear masks when social distance is not an option, in accordance with CDC’s guidelines. She posted a photo of herself wearing one on her Twitter feed as part of that effort.
Melania Trump discovered a face mask while traveling on Marine One Monday
The first lady did not wear a face mask in public for Memorial Day events
Joe Biden and Jill Biden wear face masks on Memorial Day as they lay a wreath in Delaware Memorial Bridge Veterans Memorial Park
First Lady Melania Trump Watches as President Donald Trump Attends Wreath Ceremonies at the Unknown Soldier’s Tomb at Arlington National Cemetery
Melania Trump made a solemn expression as she participated in Monday’s wreath-laying ceremony at the Unknown Soldier’s Tomb at Arlington National Cemetery
Trump and Melania Trump Arrive to Attend a Memorial Ceremony at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Baltimore
Attendees – including first lady Melania Trump – stood six feet apart for social distancing during Monday’s ceremony at the Unknown Soldier’s Tomb
Melania Trump is escorted by a military assistant during a memorial ceremony at Fort McHenry
But she has not been seen in public wearing one, including her many public appearances on Monday: laying a wreath at the grave of the unknown soldier at Arlington National Cemetery; walks from the White House to Marine One; and attend an event at historic Ft. McHenry in Baltimore, where Francis Scott Key attached the words that became the Star Spangled Banner.
She could be embarrassed by a white mask – coordinated with her white coat – through the window of the president’s helicopter as it took off from the White House’s southern lawn en route to Baltimore.
The first couple made back-to-back public appearances on Monday to honor Memorial Day as the United States honors those who died in service to the country.
Melania Trump observed that her husband was laying a wreath of red, white and blue flowers at Arlington National Cemetery. She then followed him to Ft. McHenry stood by as a military fife and drum band played and the president delivered notes laced with patriotic expressions.
Neither President Donald Trump nor the first lady wore the mask, as opposed to Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, and Jill Biden, who wore face covers when laying a wreath in a Delaware veteran’s park.
President Trump retweeted a post mocking Biden, his rival in the November election, for wearing a mask and sending a message from Fox News political analyst Brit Hume to his 80 million Twitter followers.
“This may help explain why Trump doesn’t like to wear a mask in public. Biden today,” read Tweet, along with a close-up of Biden wearing a dark face mask and sunglasses at a Memorial Day event.
Melania Trump is not the only person who wears a mask aboard Marine One and then removes it on departure.
Melania Trump has encouraged the Americans to wear masks but has not worn any in public
Donald Trump retweeted a post that mocked Joe Biden for wearing a face mask at Memorial Day Memorial while the president refused to donate one at a ceremony in Virginia
Melania Trump goes to Marine One after attending a memorial ceremony at Fort McHenry
White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany were discovered removing face masks as they left Marine One after the president’s trip to a factory in Allenstown, Pennsylvania
White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany were spotted removing face masks when they left Marine One earlier this month after following the president on a visit to a factory in Allenstown, Pennsylvania.
The President’s signature helicopter, with its distinct white peak, is operated by Marine Helicopter Squadron One (HMX-1) ‘Nighthawks’ and can carry 14 passengers. The seats are cramped with passengers squeezed next to each other.
President Trump has also firmly refused to wear a mask in public. During a visit to a Ford Motor Plant in Detroit last week, where Michigan requires a face coating, Trump refused to wear one in front of the cameras, even when he showed one – complete with the president’s seal.
The president told reporters traveling with him that he wore a face mask in the back of the factory but stated that he did not want to give the media “the pleasure” to see him wear one.
“I wore one in this back area. I didn’t want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it,” Trump said during his tour of the Rawsonville Components Plant.
But he was also caught wearing one in the back of the factory in a photo posted on social media.
Trump’s reluctance to wear a face mask in public is believed to be part of his effort to push the country to re-open and resume business as usual. He is said to think that wearing a face mask would send the wrong message.
Melania Trump and President Trump aboard Marine One on the White House’s south lawn on their way to Fort McHenry in Baltimore
Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, wore masks as they lay a wreath of white flowers at Delaware Memorial Bridge Veterans Memorial Park (left). President Trump and Melania Trump were masked for their commemorative events
President Trump does not wear a mask in public but was caught with one under the stage during a tour of a Ford Motor plant in Detroit last week
President Trump showed off the mask to reporters during his visit to the Ford Rawsonville Components Plant
The first lady wore a face mask in a social media post to remind people of the importance of wearing them to fight coronavirus
President Trump spent his Saturday and Sunday pushing to return to the normal message by addressing his usual weekend pursuit: golf. The president traveled to his Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia, to take a round – his first time on the links since March 8.
The corona virus, which so infected 1.7 million Americans and killed more than 99,000, has also touched the White House, where a military servant to the president tested positive as did Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary.
In retrospect, the White House tightened its protocols to protect the president from exposure. Staff and Secret Service agents are not detected with masks when the tight working conditions at the White House make social distance impossible.
Melania Trump has took a stronger stance on the coronavirus pandemic than her husband and ordered her staff to work from home from the beginning of the day and told staff she was monitoring the home and East Wing to wear face masks.
She also recorded several PSAs during the outbreak, where she offered tips for getting through the pandemic and urged Americans to follow CDC’s guidelines on the issue.
When the country opens again, the first lady has warned Americans that they must continue to practice social distance and wear masks.
“As some states are slowly starting to open businesses, be sure to check CDC guidelines, continue to practice social distancing and have face protection. We need to make sure we are slowly returning to normal while still struggling to keep the virus suppressed,” tweeted the first lady in late April.