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‘I should have worn a mask at the Mayo Clinic,’ Pence admits

Vice president expresses regret at virtual town hall event

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By Mike Murphy

Associated Press
Vice President Mike Pence visits the Mayo Clinic on April 28.

“I didn’t think it was necessary, but I should have worn a mask at the Mayo Clinic.”

That was Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday night, speaking during a virtual town hall on Fox News.

Pence drew sharp criticism last week after touring the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, where he met with staff and patients but did not wear a face mask, in violation of the renowned facility’s rules amid the coronavirus pandemic.

More from the virtual town hall: Americans can have it both ways’ — go back to work and also be careful, Trump says

Pence did wear a mask two days later during a visit to a General Motors /zigman2/quotes/205226835/composite GM +0.58%  / Ventec ventilator production plant in Indiana.

Read: Mike Pence wore a face mask at GM factory, but health-care workers say Mayo Clinic has serious soul-searching to do

Pence said last week that he and President Donald Trump are tested regularly for COVID-19, and since he has tested negative he felt he was posing no risk to others.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends face masks be worn to prevent the asymptomatic spread of the coronavirus. Trump has said he won’t be following that recommendation.

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