The seizure of the masks sparked widespread outrage on social media.
Pushing back against mask-wearing is nonsensical — but Trumpian politics have never been driven by logic.
Health authorities around the world have strongly urged the use of face masks to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Pence plans to continue working unmasked at the White House though his press secretary has tested positive.
The Department of Health and Human Services turned down the offer made in the early days of the pandemic.
Airport traffic fell 95 percent, and the masks have sat unused even as hospitals experienced desperate shortages.
Pence’s refusal to wear a mask at the hospital showed just how little thought the White House gives to public health.
Some nurses are saying, “Well, most of us are going to get it and some of us are going to die. That’s the way it is.”