The White House defended on Thursday President TrumpDonald John TrumpProgressive group launches M-pro-Biden ad buy targeting young voters Ilhan Omar: GOP’s response to calls for police reform “was evil” White House considers travel for members, families of the Chinese Communist Party: report MORE after Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (D) accused him of breaking the law by not wearing a mask during a visit to the city̵
The White House told CNN that Trump was following instructions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) when he attended an event without a mask at Atlanta Airport. Trump’s visit to the city ended with his announcement that his administration would roll back one of the country’s bedrock environmental laws.
“The president takes the health and safety of anyone who travels to support himself and all the White House activities very seriously,” White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere said in a statement to CNN.
“In preparing for and conducting voyages, White House operations cooperate with the physician to the President and the White House military office to ensure that plans include current CDC guidance and best practices to limit COVID-19 exposure as much as possible.”
An administrative official stated that those close to the president are regularly tested for the virus and that the president never left the airport.
The White House did not immediately return a request for comment from The Hill.
Footage from Trump’s visit to Atlanta airport showed Trump covering a face when officials around him wore them.
Speaking on CNN’s “Situation Room,” Bottoms said Trump’s movement violated her executive order, which required people to wear masks in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak.
“I signed an executive order requiring masks in the city of Atlanta and specifically on city-owned real estate, which is Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. So by not wearing the mask, President Trump broke the law in the city of Atlanta,” she said.
“I’m in no way surprised that he disregarded our rules and regulations in this city,” added Bottoms, who announced earlier this month that she was contracting COVID-19. “But it was encouraging to see others had some regard for what we do and are trying to accomplish in Atlanta, and that is to slow down the spread of COVID-19.”
A recent increase in coronavirus cases in the United States has coincided with aggressive pressure from federal, state and local leaders for the public to wear masks in public. At least 22 states and Washington, DC, have taken measures that require face coatings.
However, Trump has been reluctant to wear them in public. He wore a camera face mask for the first time last Saturday during a visit to Walter Reed Hospital.