Melania Trump implemented several strict safety measures among her staff amid the coronavirus pandemic – including requiring them to wear face masks – and was shocked to see her husband’s assistants not taking the same precautions , according to a new report.
The 50-year-old first lady, who tested positive for COVID-19 on October 1, along with her husband and 14-year-old son Barron, has taken several steps to protect herself and her assistants in the east wing, a source Told Bloomberg – adding that Melania was “bewildered” for so many of the President’s staff without face masks.
According to the report, Melania asked an assistant, “What’s wrong with these people? on one occasion when she and Trump were traveling on Air Force One and she realized that no one around them was wearing a face mask.
Safety first: Melania Trump ‘ordered’ her staff to wear face masks in the office and urged them to work from home whenever possible amid the pandemic, a White House source said
Split? The First Lady, who is pictured with Trump on October 22, was “bewildered” that so many of her husband’s assistants weren’t wearing protective face covers, Bloomberg reported
“While on a trip, when she boarded Marine One, she was puzzled not to see any of the president’s aides wearing masks, according to people familiar with the incident,” the Bloomberg report said.
“On board the president’s plane on another trip, she asked if masks would be worn and was told yes. But as the first lady walked into the conference hall to greet some members of Congress, none of the people she passed had face coverings on.
While it is not known which trips the source was specifically referring to, numerous images show some of Trump’s closest associates – including Hope Hicks and Jared Kushner – traveling with the president without a mask.
On September 30, hours before Hope, 31, was confirmed to have contracted the new virus, she was seen aboard Marine One alongside Ivanka’s husband Jared, neither of them wearing face masks .
She then went to a rally in Minnesota with the president aboard Air Force One and Marine One, and began to experience symptoms upon her return to Washington, it was reported. Hope was quarantined away from other people on the plane and tested upon landing.
Upset: Melania, 50, was reportedly shocked that no member of Trump’s team wears face masks when traveling on Marine One and Air Force One. She is pictured leaving Marine One on August 16
Problem: Many of the president’s closest associates have been photographed without face masks on a trip with Trump, including Hope Hicks (right) who later tested positive for COVID-19
Despite Hope testing positive, Trump then continued with his schedule the next day and traveled to and from his Bedminster, New Jersey golf resort to attend two campaign events, where he was not wearing a mask.
He returned to the White House on Thursday night when it was publicly confirmed that Hope had the virus.
In light of the lax attitude towards the security measures recommended by the CDC among her husband’s team, Melania is said to have taken her own precautions to protect her own staff, including “limiting the number of aides traveling with her “on the president’s plane.
Melania herself was regularly pictured wearing a face mask when attending public events and rallies, but her husband didn’t often take the same precautions – even after testing positive for COVID-19.
Her husband has repeatedly rejected suggestions to wear a mask, saying it causes people to touch their faces too much and therefore is not helpful – despite health experts agreeing that face masks are an essential tool for prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Support: Melania was one of the first members of the administration to encourage mask wearing, tweeting about it in April and then again in July
President Trump was not pictured wearing a face mask in public for the first time until July 11, while visiting Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
People close to him had previously told The Associated Press that the president feared a mask would make him weak and worried it would focus on the public health crisis rather than the economic recovery.
Unlike her husband, Melania actively encouraged people to wear face masks in public; Soon after her husband was first seen wearing one in public, she took to Twitter to renew her support for protective face covers.
“Even in the summer months, don’t forget to wear face coverings and practice social distancing. The more precautions we take now, it can mean a healthier, safer country in the fall, ”she wrote on July 14.
Melania was an early adopter of the mask and urged people to wear one in social media posts in April – long before White House staff started wearing them.
The CDC recommends that everyone cover their nose and mouth with a face mask, “even if they don’t feel sick,” urging people to “wear a mask in public places and near people who are sick. do not live in your household ”.