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Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp Greets Maskless Donald Trump, Bans Local Mask Mandates

HeadlineJul 16, 2020

In Georgia, where the official COVID-19 death toll passed 3,000 this week, Governor Brian Kemp issued an executive order Wednesday voiding local mask ordinances. Savannah Mayor Van Johnson, who was the first mayor in Georgia to mandate masks, tweeted in response, “It is officially official. Governor Kemp does not give a damn about us.”

Earlier Wednesday, Governor Kemp greeted Donald Trump on the tarmac as the president arrived at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta. Both Trump and Kemp wore no masks as they met, though the Georgia governor quickly put his back on. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, who’s in self-isolation with COVID-19, said Trump broke the law by violating her executive order requiring facial coverings in public.

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