Vice President Mike Pence has made it clear that the Trump administration does not support a nationwide mask mandate.
Pence was in Wisconsin when he said that “We don’t support a national mandate.” Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden has called for a national mask mandate.
Pence said, “From the moment the president stood up to FEMA to coordinate our national response, we’ve taken the approach that our response to the coronavirus pandemic is federally supported, state-managed, and locally executed. That federalism model is why we have been able to meet this moment, and it’s going to continue to guide our approach. Had we taken a one-size-fits-all approach from the beginning, we would have been in a very different place.”
Pence and the Trump administration have consistently enabled states to deal with the COVID-19 epidemic by providing PPE, testing, emergency care facilities, and other support, while leaving decision-making to the individual states rather than issuing heavy-handed federal mandates.
Pence continued, “Our attitude about going forward is to support decisions that are made by governors, believing that they know what’s best not just by a statewide basis, but on a county-by-county basis.”
Vice President Pence is a significant asset for President Trump and could play a huge role in Trump’s reelection campaign.
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