Maine factory to throw away coronavirus swabs made during Trump visit

A Maine factory said they will discard COVID-19 nasal swabs made during a visit by President Trump on Friday.

“The running of the factory machines is very limited today and will only occur when the president is touring the facility floor,” Company marketing manager Virginia Templet told USA Today. “Swabs produced during that time will be discarded.”

It was unclear why the swabs made during the visit will have to go.

During his tour of Puritan Medical Products in Guilford, Maine, Trump touted the swabs, saying it was proof positive that American could handle its own medical supply needs.

“Made in the USA. I’ve been saying it for a long time,” Trump said during the visit in which he toured the factory. He did not wear a face mask, in-keeping with his usual custom.

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