Vice President Pence draws controversy for entering Mayo Clinic without a mask

The clinic mandated masks on April 13.

WCCO Radio Newsroom
April 28, 2020 - 1:52 pm

Vice President Mike Pence's visit to Mayo Clinic in Rochester today came with controversy, as he violated the clinic's mask order.

A mask-less Vice President Pence was touring Mayo Clinic today along with Minnesota Governor Tim Walz. While Mayo has enforced a mask policy since April 13th, the Vice President did not wear one. 

Mayo Mask Policy

Mayo Clinic did tweet that they aprised the Vice President of their mask policy, but deleted it shortly after sending it.

Mayo Pence Tweet

A Mayo Clinic spokesperson offered this statement on Vice President Pence entering the facility without a mask:

"We made the Vice President and his staff aware of our policy regarding masking. For all additional inquiries please contact his press team."

Vice President Pence issued this statement:

"As Vice President of the United States I am tested for the coronavirus on a regular basis, and everyone around me is tested for the coronavirus. Since I don't have the coronavirus, I thought it would be a good opportunity for me to be here, to be able to speak to these researchers, these incredible healthcare personal and look them in the eye and say thank you." 

This video shows Pence in a group of 10 people touring the hospital. 

The Vice President was chosen by President Trump to run the coronavirus task force. Pence's Tuesday trip to the Mayo Clinic is to see firsthand a new coronavirus testing initiative called a “moonshot” by Gov. Walz. It’s a public-private initiative, one that includes the University of Minnesota, that HCMC’s assistant director of medicine says is critical in the effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.


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