Skip to comments.Karen Pence says vice president didn't know about Mayo Clinic mask policy until he left
Posted on 04/30/2020 8:01:43 AM PDT by yesthatjallen
Second lady Karen Pence said Thursday that Vice President Pence had been unaware of the Mayo Clinic's policy requiring all visitors to wear a face covering until after he left the facility on Tuesday.
"As our medical experts have told us, wearing a mask prevents you from spreading disease. And knowing he doesnt have COVID-19, he didnt wear one," she said on "Fox & Friends."
"It was actually after he left Mayo Clinic that he found out they had a policy of asking everyone to wear a mask," the second lady continued. "So someone whos worked on this whole task force for over two months is not someone who would have done anything to offend anyone or hurt anyone or scare anyone."
The vice president's visit to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota was intended to highlight research being done on treatments for the coronavirus, specifically how the blood of recovering patients can be used. But the trip was largely overshadowed by his decision not to wear a face covering in defiance of the clinic's policy.
Pence was the only individual spotted without a mask during his visit as he participated in a tour and held a roundtable discussion with physicians, nurses and researchers. Everyone else seen on camera with Pence had masks on, including Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn.
On Tuesday, the clinic tweeted, then deleted, a message that it informed Pence of its masking policy prior to his arrival in Rochester.
"Mayo shared the masking policy with the VPs office," the clinic said in an emailed statement after deleting the tweet.
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Why didn't he notice that every single person around him, including, apparently, his staff, was wearing a mask and ask for one, too?
Was anyone else visiting that was part of VP Pence’s entourage, given a mask or was wearing one?
Trump’s disinfectant statement and now this are self inflicted wounds that need to stop.
They both need a new advisers.
Just so you know, if it is a mask-only unit, they make you wear a mask or you don’t go in.
Do you honestly think Trump listens to anyone?
If Pence is asked a direct question, he can give a direct answer. Absent that, he should just go about his business. THAT is leadership.
>> Photo op.
Remember Kerry in a bunny suit.
Yes, there is no reason the hospital would not have provided him with a mask when he arrived.
I have been to a hospital 4 times in the past couple weeks, and there are signs EVERYWHERE that you must put on a mask when you walk in the door.
Donald Trump, Jr.
Governor of North Dakota
Hospitals don't require visitors to wear masks always when visiting other types of victims under normal times, he was just following normal protocol as a LEADER, just as he did when he visited Steve Scalise who had been shot as an act of political malice, Pence did not wear a mask on that day either , so why is there a difference now if the message is going to be it is safe to reopen the country? This was a message to tell us all these types of victims are not as contagious as we are led to believe, and this is Leadership, people would have to be blind to not know what he was doing and how much he and Trump with experts have discussed when they go out, will they be wearing or not wearing masks to set an example
Mike Pence visits Steve Scalise in the hospital
That’s an option too.
But the Mayo Clinic has few equals as a germ-rich environment.
In the words of the late Dr. Robert Mendelsohn there are germs in there you can’t find anyplace else in town.
Exactly. Are they afraid to have a simple chat w Pence and his staff asking that they wear masks?
You’d also think Pence and staff would observe everybody else wearing masks and ask “Should we be wearing masks, too?”
This ones on Mayo. That hes the VP is all the more reason Mayo should have requested the mask. And for anyone who accompanied him.
Yeah, the Mayo people must have gone out of their way to tell everyone except the Vice President about masks, or they hid the masks from him.
Here, join the rest of the Democrats.....
If Pritzker were to wear a mask, we would know he is a crook.
“It was actually after he left Mayo Clinic that he found
out they had a policy of asking everyone to wear a mask,”
So why didn’t someone tell him? I wouldn’t wear one unless someone told me to.
I think 'that admin' was a Mr Ham from the Mayo Clinic.
LOL, really, FR has de-evolved into this? So sad.
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