President Donald Trump toured the Puritan Medical Products factory in Portland, Maine on Friday, where he examined the facilities which make swabs for virus testing.
While some of the photos from the visit may be useable, the crucial testing swabs won't be.
Puritan announced on Friday their intention to scrap the medical swabs made during Trump's visit. While the company didn't elaborate on why, people recalled that Trump didn't wear a mask during his visit, while workers are required to wear masks and other extensive protective gear while manufacturing the swabs.
Trump visits the coronavirus swab production line in Maine, without a mask, and the manufacturer says it will now h… https://t.co/U4TvbgtKjy— Yaroslav Trofimov (@Yaroslav Trofimov)1591455634.0
Trump spoke with the workers—who wore masks, hairnets, gowns, and booties—while touring the factory.
According to USA Today, Puritan spokeswoman Virginia Templet said:
"The running of the factory machines is very limited today and will only occur when the president is touring the facility floor. Swabs produced during that time will be discarded."
The decision to scrap the swabs made during Trump's visit comes at a time when nursing homes in Maine widely reported that they were experiencing a shortage of nasal swabs to keep up with the demands of testing. As of last month, around 42 percent of virus deaths were connected to nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
People weren't happy with the President's visit resulting in wasted swabs.
President Trump shouldn't have come to Maine for a photo op, but that's exactly what he did. Now Maine frontline wo… https://t.co/QOB6zu1U1j— Sara Gideon (@Sara Gideon)1591396614.0
Trump’s photo op at a Maine factory making badly needed Covid testing swabs actually slowed production: After his t… https://t.co/p8bM2lLOpK— Peter Elkind (@Peter Elkind)1591454442.0
@yarotrof Right. Because otherwise no one could trust the integrity of their products, and would have to stop buyin… https://t.co/IrA4NVssrM— Elizabeth Warren's anti-fascist buddy (@Elizabeth Warren's anti-fascist buddy)1591482629.0
@yarotrof One runs out of the kinds of superlatives necessary to describe this cretin's behavior— Cliff Schecter (@Cliff Schecter)1591472322.0
People thought the President's prioritization of a photo op instead of production was childish, to say the least.
@yarotrof Why didn’t they tell him he couldn’t enter without a mask? Children need boundaries.— Annalea 🍨 (@Annalea 🍨)1591463638.0
@yarotrof This photo says so much. The bumbling toddler who is the subject of mockery and derision.— Sonia Gupta (@Sonia Gupta)1591459416.0
@yarotrof It's seriously hard to believe someone with the reasoning capacity of a 5 year old is in charge of the U.S. but here we are.— GageCan🌻 (@GageCan🌻)1591458301.0
Was it worth it?