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Mike Pence admits he should have worn a face mask during Mayo Clinic visit

Pence’s initial justification for not wearing the mask was that he wanted to look people in the eye.

This Sunday, Vice President Mike Pence admitted that he should have worn a face mask during his visit to the Mayo Clinic, in what the New York Times calls a “rare admission of a mistake” from a senior Trump administration official.

Pence’s admission comes after outrage over his decision to go maskless at the Minnesota facility on Tuesday even though the clinic’s policy requires all visitors and staff members to wear masks.

But while appearing alongside Trump at a Fox News virtual town hall from the Lincoln Memorial in Washington on Sunday night, Pence said that looking back it was the wrong decision.

“I didn’t think it was necessary, but I should have worn a mask at the Mayo Clinic,” Pence said, adding that he wore a mask while visiting a General Motors facility in Indiana two days later.

“It really is a statement about the American people, the way people have been willing to step forward, practice social distancing, wear masks in settings where they can’t do that,” Pence said. “As we continue to practice those principles, all of us together, I know we’ll get through this.”

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