Ivanka, President Donald Trump’s daughter who also serves as his senior adviser, has said she wears a mask at the White House, and that’s one reason the president doesn’t have to.
“There are different procedures as it relates to interacting with the president,” Ivanka Trump told USA TODAY when asked about criticism her father has received for declining to wear a mask in public.
The president “is tested on a daily basis – all those who come into contact with him are tested on a daily basis,” she said in an interview. “No one is in close proximity to him that isn’t wearing a mask.”
She added: “I always wear a mask when I am with the president, and everyone is instructed to do so as well.”
As has happened on previous trips, Trump was notably among the few people not wearing a mask during a tour of a medical supply distributor Thursday in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
The president has come under criticism for largely ignoring recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which advises Americans to wear masks in public and to self-quarantine after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
Last week, the White House implemented new safety measures after two aides tested positive for the coronavirus and three members of the coronavirus task force entered quarantine after attending meetings with one of the staff members diagnosed with the virus.
The West Wing has mandated that anyone who is in close proximity to the president be tested daily, and aides are required to wear masks when they are not at their desks.