Disdainful Mark Meadows Refuses Reporter Request To Put On His Face Mask
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows refused to wear his face mask when speaking to reporters on Monday ahead of the Senate Judiciary Committee's confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.
Meadows has spent several days in close proximity to President Donald Trump, who also reportedly refuses to wear a mask in the White House despite being diagnosed with COVID-19 a little over 10 days ago.
Meadows' exposure to Trump since his discharge from Walter Reed Hospital could make him a strong candidate for contracting COVID-19 and potentially contagious. Meadows last tested negative for the coronavirus a week ago, according to NBC News.
Before speaking to journalists in the hallway during a hiatus in the hearing, Meadows pulled a microphone stand away from them - and removed his face mask. When CNN reporter Kristin Wilson objected, Meadows replied, "I'm more than 10 feet away."
Then he immediately went back to the listening room angrily and announced, "I'm not going to speak through a mask."
At the hearing, Meadows and White House attorney Pat Cipplone sat in the front row wearing masks.
Meadows apparently missed the warning from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week that the coronavirus can spread via aerosols that "can linger in the air for minutes to hours" and move more than six feet, especially indoors.
Coronavirus prevention records in the White House are miserable.
Three White House reporters have tested positive for COVID-19 since the White House Superspreader event in the Rose Garden on Sept. 26, when Trump announced Barrett's Supreme Court nomination. Almost none of the 200 guests wore masks or maintained social distance. Days later, the President, First Lady Melania Trump, and more than 35 other people connected with the event or people in attendance tested positive for the coronavirus.
Meadows hosted his daughter's grand wedding in Georgia with around 70 guests at a reception in May. Few guests wore masks, and the event violated government regulations that restricted the crowd and required social distancing.
Critics on Twitter beat up Meadows' dangerous behavior. Doctors found that Trump's White House simply does not "get" aerosol transmission from COVID - or refuses to acknowledge it.
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