Ted Cruz won’t wear mask to speak to reporters at Capitol

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz

Rafael (Ted) Edward CruzRepublicans lash out at Twitter and Facebook over Hunter Biden article Trump hits road in scramble to shore up support from 2016 Senators dial down rhetoric at Barrett hearing after 2018 Kavanaugh brawl MORE (Texas) on Thursday said he would not wear a mask while talking to reporters outside the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing room, claiming he did not have to do so because he was standing six feet apart from the journalists. 

Cruz stepped in front of a reporter pool in the Senate hallway along with Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham

Lindsey Olin GrahamKey moments from Barrett’s marathon question-and-answer session Overnight Health Care: Barrett signals ObamaCare could survive mandate being struck down | CDC warns small gatherings fueling COVID spread | Judge blocks Wisconsin capacity limits The Hill’s Campaign Report: Trump makes last-minute plea to suburban voters MORE (R-S.C.), who can be seen in a video putting on his face mask while Cruz takes his off. 

After a CNN reporter asked Cruz if he could put his mask back on, the Texas senator responded, “No.” 

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Cruz added that he was “standing six feet apart, which is what the CDC guideline is.” 

For events and gatherings indoors, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) currently recommends that people both socially distance and wear masks in order to minimize the risk of infection, according to its website

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On Monday, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows

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“I’m more than 10 feet away … that way I can take this off,” Meadows said before removing his mask.

After a reporter asked him to put it back on, Meadows replaced the mask and walked away, saying, “I’m not going to talk through a mask.”

The chief of staff wore a mask in the hearing room with White House counsel Pat Cipollone, according to NBC News.

Meadows is among the White House employees who continued to work out of his office and directly interact with President Trump

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Sens. Thom Tillis

Thomas (Thom) Roland TillisThe Hill’s Campaign Report: Trump makes last-minute plea to suburban voters Michigan Republican isolating after positive coronavirus test Trump, Tillis trail Democratic challengers in North Carolina: poll MORE (R-N.C.) and Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeMichigan Republican isolating after positive coronavirus test Barrett fight puts focus on abortion in 2020 election Harris raises alarm on abortion rights while grilling Barrett MORE (R-Utah) made appearances at Barrett’s hearings this week after both tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 2, hours after news broke that the president and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpTrump cites Barron Trump’s coronavirus case in arguing for schools to reopen Barron Trump previously tested positive for coronavirus, first lady reveals Videos show conservative activists discussing limiting mail-in voting: report MORE had contracted the infection.

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