Pandemic politics: Maskless Trump tours Michigan Ford plant

President Donald Trump talks to reporters before departing the White House for a trip to Michigan, Thursday, May 21, 2020, in Washington. (Source: AP Photo/Evan Vucci/AP)
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YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) Pandemic politics have shadowed President Donald Trump’s trip to Michigan.

On Thursday, he toured a Ford Motor plant that had been repurposed to manufacture ventilators for the COVID-19 epidemic.

But Mr. Trump and officials from the electoral battleground state were clashing in the meantime over federal aid, mail-in ballots and face masks.

As usual, he refused to wear a protective mask, though Ford requires them and its officials wore them for the tour.

The visit to Ypsilanti, outside Detroit, came a day after Mr. Trump criticized top state leaders and threatened to withhold federal funding over the state's mail-in balloting effort.

The White House didn't invite Michigan's Democratic governor.