Michigan AG suggests businesses could be prosecuted if they let Trump inside without a mask

Nessel later suggested the president might be barred from the state completely

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President Trump at a Michigan Ford plant
President Trump at a Michigan Ford plant on May 21
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May 22, 2020 - 1:09pm

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is delivering a bracing warning to facilities and businesses in her state, suggesting they could face prosecution from her office if they allow the president inside their facilities while he's not wearing a face mask. 

Nessel made the announcement Thursday during a CNN interview. The state attorney general has been highly critical of Trump for having appeared in public earlier in the day during a recent tour of a Ford plant without wearing a mask as required by state law. Trump has insisted he later donned the mask during the tour itself. 

'If [Trump] fails to wear a mask, he’s going to be asked not to return to any enclosed facilities inside our state," she said.

"[I]f we know that he’s coming to our state and we know he’s not going to follow the law, I think we’re going to have to take action against any company or any facility that allows him inside those facilities and puts our workers at risk. We just simply can’t afford it here in our state," she also said. 

Michigan is among the hardest-hit states in the country, having the fifth-highest total number of deaths, though its population-adjusted fatality rate is lower. 

Nessel also seemed to suggest that Trump might not be allowed back in the state as a whole. 

"You said right here on CNN, that if President Trump doesn’t wear a mask, he’ll be asked not to return to any undisclosed [sic] facilities in your state. Is the president no longer welcome in Michigan?" host Wolf Blitzer asked her. 

"Well, I will say speaking on behalf of my department and my office, that’s right. That’s exactly right," she replied.