Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin landed in the Philippines during his weeklong trip to East Asia on Thursday, wearing a face shield and mask as he exited the plane and greeted Filipino officials.
He also fist-bumped officials instead of shaking hands or bumping elbows.
Austin tweeted out footage of his arrival, with the caption: “Wheels down in the Philippines.”
Filipino military officials were also wearing face shields, but other U.S. military and civilian personnel seen in the footage were not.
Wheels down in the Philippines. pic.twitter.com/S8kjbTKMxW
— Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III (@SecDef) July 29, 2021
Austin was not seen wearing a face shield during his previous stops in Singapore and Vietnam and his reason for doing so the Philippines remains unclear. He did, however, wear masks in both countries. – READ MORE