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

Ted Cruz won't wear mask to speak to reporters at Capitol
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Republican Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzGOP clears key hurdle on Barrett's Supreme Court nomination, setting up Monday confirmation Texas and North Carolina: Democrats on the verge? Senate GOP to drop documentary series days before election hitting China, Democrats over coronavirus 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 GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGOP Senate confirms Trump Supreme Court pick to succeed Ginsburg Murkowski predicts Barrett won't overturn Roe v. Wade Biden seeks to close any path for Trump win in race's final days 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 MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsOvernight Health Care: US sets a new record for average daily coronavirus cases | Meadows on pandemic response: 'We're not going to control it' | Pelosi blasts Trump for not agreeing to testing strategy Hillicon Valley: Hospitals brace for more cyberattacks as coronavirus cases rise | Food service groups offer local alternatives to major delivery apps | Facebook says it helped 4.4M people register to vote Trump is cruising for a bruising MORE refused to "talk through a mask" to reporters during Amy Coney BarrettAmy Coney BarrettMcConnell tees up Trump judicial pick following Supreme Court vote House Judiciary Republicans mockingly tweet 'Happy Birthday' to Hillary Clinton after Barrett confirmation Barrett sworn in as Supreme Court justice by Thomas MORE’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing.

"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 TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump admin to announce coronavirus vaccine will be covered under Medicare, Medicaid: report Election officials say they're getting suspicious emails that may be part of malicious attack on voting: report McConnell tees up Trump judicial pick following Supreme Court vote MORE since the president was diagnosed with COVID-19 earlier this month. Meadows said he tested negative for the virus on Monday.

Sens. Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisTrump campaign asks Supreme Court to halt North Carolina absentee ballot plan White House to host swearing-in event for Barrett on Monday night Democrats brace for nail-biting finish to Senate battle MORE (R-N.C.) and Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeWhite House to host swearing-in event for Barrett on Monday night Pence adviser Marty Obst tests positive for COVID-19 Two Loeffler staffers test positive for COVID-19 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 rips Biden in scramble to win Pennsylvania Pelosi blasts Trump for not agreeing to testing strategy Melania Trump to hit campaign trail in Pennsylvania MORE had contracted the infection.