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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 CruzThe unflappable Liz Cheney: Why Trump Republicans have struggled to crush her  The Memo: The GOP's war is already over — Trump won Hawley says Cheney 'spiraling,' 'out-of-step' amid Trump backlash 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 GrahamThe unflappable Liz Cheney: Why Trump Republicans have struggled to crush her  The Memo: The GOP's war is already over — Trump won Michael Flynn flubs words to Pledge of Allegiance at pro-Trump rally 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 MeadowsBoehner finally calls it as he sees it Stephen Miller launching group to challenge Democrats' policies through lawsuits A year with the coronavirus: How we got here MORE refused to "talk through a mask" to reporters during Amy Coney BarrettAmy Coney BarrettCourt watchers buzz about Breyer's possible retirement Five hot-button issues Biden didn't mention in his address to Congress Conservative justices split in ruling for immigrant fighting deportation 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.

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