Vice President Mike Pence was blasted by the media for not wearing a mask during a visit to the Mayo Clinic last week despite CDC recommendations to wear face coverings when social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
Pence, who heads up the White House coronavirus task force, confessed on Monday that he “should have worn a mask” during the visit.
“I didn’t think it was necessary, but I should have worn a mask at the Mayo Clinic,” Pence admitted during Sunday’s virtual Fox News town hall.
After images of his Tuesday visit to the facility went public, many noted that all the other individuals at the clinic were wearing masks besides the vice president.
At the time, wife Karen Pence defended the appearance, saying that the vice president was unaware of the requirement to wear masks at the Mayo Clinic. Pence himself indicated that he believed the mask was unnecessary because he is regularly tested for the virus due to his close proximity to President Trump.
Pence pointed out that he wore a mask two days after the Mayo Clinic incident while touring a GM factory that was converted to produce ventilators.
“I think 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 continued. “I couldn’t be more grateful to see how the American people responded.”