Vice President Pence's Wife Says He Didn't Know About Mayo Clinic Mask Policy Until After He Left

Laura Oakes
April 30, 2020 - 8:56 am

The Second Lady of the United States, Karen Pence, is defending her husband's decision earlier this week not to wear a mask during his visit to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

"It was actually after he left Mayo Clinic that he found out they had a policy of asking everyone to wear a mask. So, someone who's worked on this whole task force for over two months is not someone who would do anything to offend anyone, or hurt anyone, or scare anyone."

Karen Pence told Fox News masks prevent anyone who may have COVID-19 from spreading it, and Vice President Pence doesn't have it. The Mayo Clinic says it did indeed share the masking policy with the Vice President's office before his arrival on Tuesday.

Vice President Pence, along with Minnesota Governor Tim Walz, toured Mayo Clinic in Rochester so he could see first hand the breakthroughs the hospital is making in creating COVID-19 tests. The Vice President broke the facilities rules when he entered without a mask and continued his entire trip at Mayo without wearing a mask. The Mayo Clinic tweeted that they had made the Vice President aware of the rules, but later deleted the tweet. 

Notably, Pence did wear a mask Thursday when visiting an Indiana facility that makes ventilators.

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