President Donald Trump speaks Saturday during an event on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. Credit: Patrick Semansky / AP

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Republican Gov. Chris Sununu said Tuesday he will not issue an order requiring face masks for gatherings of 50 people or more, as some have suggested ahead of President Donald Trump’s rally in Portsmouth.

Trump is holding a campaign rally Saturday night at Portsmouth International Airport, where attendees will be given masks but not required to wear them. Asked about the event Tuesday, Sununu said he has treated all large, public gatherings the same, whether it be the Black Lives Matter rallies that have been held around the state or the protests against his shutdown of nonessential businesses during the pandemic.

“To have a mask order for one and not the other is not fair and doesn’t make sense,” said Sununu, who rejected a reporter’s suggestion that the Trump rally would be different because it is likely to attract a large number of people from out of state.

“I think all the protests had a chance to bring people from outside,” he said.

Sununu said he plans to greet Trump when he arrives, but is unlikely to attend the rally.

“I’m going to meet the president as the governor, I will not be in the crowd of thousands of people,” he said.