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Trump, visiting a hard-hit U.S. state, declines to wear a mask in public.

Trump, visiting a hard-hit U.S. state, declines to wear a mask in public.
President Trump touring a Ford plant in Ypsilanti, MI, on Thursday.
Credit...Doug Mills/The New York Times
President Trump, who has defiantly refused to wear a mask in public despite the recommendations of federal health officials, toured a Ford plant in Michigan on Thursday with his face uncovered. That was against the factory’s guidelines and the direct urging of the state’s attorney general.

Michigan has been hit especially hard by the virus, with more than 50,000 confirmed cases and 5,000 deaths. Mr. Trump said he had put on a mask when he was asked to on a private portion of the tour, showing reporters a navy blue one with the presidential seal on it.

During his visit, Mr. Trump continued to press for the further easing of social-distancing restrictions. He blamed Democrats for keeping the economy closed and suggested voters would punish them in the presidential election and view it as “a November question.”

Here’s what else happened on Thursday in the United States:

  • Mr. Trump called for flags at the White House, on public grounds across the country and on naval vessels to be flown at half-staff in honor of the victims of the coronavirus. It was a rare acknowledgment of the lives lost from an administration that typically likes to downplay the death toll and take credit for lives it claims it saved.
    • Thursday that it would provide up to $1.2 billion to the drug company AstraZeneca to develop a potential coronavirus vaccine from a laboratory at Oxford.
    • The federal government reported that another 2.4 million American workers filed for jobless benefits last week, bringing the total to a staggering 38.6 million in nine weeks.

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