Vice President Mike Pence has admitted he made an error by not wearing a mask during his visit to Minnesota's Mayo Clinic last week.
The vice president was the only member of the delegation at the Rochester clinic not to be wearing a face mask, with the Mayo issuing a statement saying the VP's office had been informed beforehand that it's hospital policy for masks to be worn during the COVID-19 pandemic.
After initially responding to the criticism by saying that he is tested regularly for the coronavirus, doesn't have it, and thus can't infect anyone else.
But he was pictured days later wearing a mask during another visit, and on Sunday Pence said he made a mistake.
"I didn't think it was necessary, but I should have worn a mask at the Mayo Clinic and I wore it when I visited the ventilator plant in Indiana," Pence said during a FOX News virtual town hall on Sunday.
Gov. Tim Walz was among the dignitaries who joined Pence on the tour of the Mayo, and expressed regret this past week that the facemask furore overshadowed what was a fruitful visit from the VP.
He described the meeting as "incredibly productive" and said it was "hugely inspiring" to see the work ongoing at the Mayo Clinic.
Whether Pence had coronavirus or not, Walz said it's important for the country's leaders to set an example: "
“I do think there’s a psychological piece behind it to show that we’re all in this together and we really are getting it,” he said.