Without wearing a face-covering himself, President Donald Trump toured a new medical mask factory in Arizona on Tuesday, taking a rare trip out of Washington to visit a state he hopes to win in the November election even as Americans avoid travel to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
As Trump toured the plant in Phoenix, his visit through was accompanied by a head-scratching musical soundtrack: the Paul McCartney-penned Live and Let Die, as performed by Guns 'N Roses.
In a tweet, Jimmy Kimmel noted: "I can think of no better metaphor for this presidency than Donald Trump not wearing a face mask to a face mask factory while the song 'Live and Let Die' blares in the background."
I can think of no better metaphor for this presidency than Donald Trump not wearing a face mask to a face mask factory while the song "Live and Let Die" blares in the background. pic.twitter.com/mJzU1HW7HA— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) May 5, 2020
Needless to say, it wasn't just Kimmel confounded by the scene.
"Live and Let Die." That's the song that Trump had pumped into the mask factory during his visit. Seriously. Like, seriously.pic.twitter.com/zidsZhfxmu— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) May 6, 2020
Whoever played Live And Let Die whilst Trump was visiting a mask factory today is a twisted genius pic.twitter.com/NZqggBXeMp— Nooruddean (@BeardedGenius) May 5, 2020
Whoever had the balls to play Live and Let Die while Trump toured the mask factory can deejay any party I ever have for the rest of my life. https://t.co/PQv6gT5p5F— Bryan Behar (@bryanbehar) May 6, 2020
Trump was in Phoenix to visit a Honeywell International Inc factory, which is making N95 face masks for healthcare workers. The facility was rushed into service in less than five weeks because of a shortage of the protective equipment and is producing face masks for the US Department of Health and Human Services.
The president wore safety goggles during the factory tour but did not wear a mask, even though production workers at the facility did and a sign was visible that read: "Attention: Face Mask Required in this Area. Thank You!"