US Vice President Mike Pence chose not to wear a face mask Tuesday during a tour of the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, an apparent violation of the medical center’s policy requiring them.
Video feeds reveal that Pence did not wear a mask when he met and is donating plasma, even though everyone else in the room appeared to be wearing one.
When he seen a lab where Mayo conducts tests, he was likewise maskless.
And Pence was the sole participant not to put on a mask during a discussion on research programs and Mayo testing. All the participants did, including leading Mayo officials and Drug Administration chief Stephen Hahn, Food, Governor Tim Walz, and US Representative Jim Hagedorn.
Mayo tweeted that it had advised the vice president of its mask coverage before his birth. The tweet was removed.
Mayo officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment on why it had been removed or whose application.
On Pence chose not to put on a mask, the office of the vice president didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.