Trump Plays Golf For 1st Time Since The Coronavirus Pandemic

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The motorcade for President Donald Trump arrives at Trump National Golf Club, Saturday, May 23, 2020, in Sterling, Va. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

STERLING, Va. (AP) — President Donald Trump played golf Saturday for the first time since he declared the coronavirus pandemic a national emergency more than two months ago, leading to the shutdown of much of American society. His return to the course was the latest sign that he wants the country back to pre-outbreak times, even as the U.S. death toll from the virus nears 100,000, twice what he once predicted it would be.

Trump also planned Memorial Day visits to Arlington National Cemetery and the Fort McHenry national monument in Baltimore, followed by a trip to Florida’s coast on Wednesday to watch to U.S. astronauts blast into orbit.

The golf outing came a day after Trump said houses of worship are “essential” and he demanded that governors allow them to reopen during the holiday weekend. It also followed guidance from Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus task force coordinator, that it was OK for people to be outdoors this weekend as long as they took appropriate safety precautions.

Trump pulled away from the White House on a sunny morning wearing a white polo shirt, white cap and dark slacks. Photographs that appeared later on Twitter showed him swinging a golf club and driving alone in a cart on the course at his private Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia.

The White House had no comment on the president’s activities at the club, but said he and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had discussed the pandemic’s effect on the global economy on Saturday.

The golf trip was the president’s first visit to one of his money-making properties since March 8, when he visited his private golf club in West Palm Beach during a weekend at his Florida home. The World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a global pandemic on March 11, and Trump followed with the national emergency declaration two days later.

Trump is an avid golfer who has been overheard telling his White House guests how much he missed playing the game.

On Friday, Birx said it’s OK for Americans to play golf, tennis or other sports this weekend “if you stay 6 feet (1.8 meters) apart.” She also said the Washington metropolitan area had the highest positivity rate in the country. The capital city’s coronavirus death rate is higher than all but four states: New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Connecticut.

The U.S. leads the world with a reported 1.6 million coronavirus cases and more than 96,000 deaths, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

Trump has ordered U.S. flags on federal buildings and national monuments to half-staff through Sunday in memory of Americans lost to COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

Trump levied frequent criticism of Barack Obama’s regular golf outings when he was president.

“Can you believe that with all of the problems and difficulties facing the U.S., President Obama spent the day playing golf. Worse than Carter,” Trump tweeted in October 2014 during the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, comparing Obama to former President Jimmy Carter.

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16 COMMENTS

  1. 100,000 DEAD AMERICANS in 3 months. More than 2x in Vietnam in 10 Years. How many more will suffer? Who will trump blame? Fox News? Drudge? Sessions?

    • President Obama raised eyebrows after making a somber statement over the brutal killing of American journalist James Foley by Islamic State militants. Shortly after delivering his remarks from Martha’s Vineyard, he engaged in his favorite pastime — a game of golf with friends, including former professional basketball star Alonzo Mourning. Images of President Obama smiling while Foley’s family grieved made for a harsh headline in the New York Daily News that read ‘Bam’s Golf War,’ and drew a variety of reactions from the city and the suburbs.

      “He just doesn’t care. he’s an uncaring man,” Jacqueline Reynolds told CBS 2’s Tony Aiello.

      Etc etc etc…

    • He will blame the pandemic . It was out of our control . We really do have an eibshter and if he wants it , too bad. No one is to blame

    • SURE….LIKE HE DIDNT DO THE RIGHT THING FROM THE GET GO….WHAT HE HAS DONE HAS BEEN SHOWN TO BE THE CORRECT THING AND SAVED LIVES….WANT TO BLAME SOMEONE??? BLAME THE CHING CHOW BING BONGS….ITS ALL FROM THEM…..MAYBE THEY DONT HAVE ” LOYALTY ” ON OCEAN PARKWAY…WHY DONT YOU LOOK UP THE MEANING AND TRY TO SPREAD THE WORD….???

  2. I can’t understand why this biased AP article is even published on this site? Other American Presidents have played golf, but the AP never criticized them for doing so. For example, Eisenhower frequently played golf during his eight years in office. Nixon played golf, as did Gerald Ford. Clinton played golf, as did both Bushes. When Obama played golf, the AP didn’t dare criticize him. Also, why is it the AP’s business, as to where Trump plays golf? The Obamas used to take vacation trips to Hawaii, which cost the taxpayers more, than Trump going to Virginia to play golf.

    • How much does it cost the U.S. Taxpayers when Trump takes Air Force One for a weekend of golf at Mar A Largo? How many times has he done this? How about all the businesses near Mar A Largo that are affected when he is there? How much does he charge the Secret Service for room and board at his own club?

    • Context: how often did Fox, et al, count Obama’s days playing golf?
      Trump bad a huge deal of it. He even went so far as to say he wouldn’t have time to play golf because he was going to be in the White House working so hard.

    • Two corrections. Trump criticized Obama for golfing. Also, Trump’s vacations have been more expensive on the total. Not on a per-vacation basis, but the sum total of Trump’s travelling and cost to Secret Service, etc., has been significantly higher.

      The truth is, there is nothing wrong with a President playing golf during a crisis as long as the work is getting done.

  3. Play golf, Mr. President.
    Continue to eat Wendy burgers, don’t exercise, tweet against fake media and drive the Devilrats nuts.
    That’s why we elected you and will reelect you.
    Let them foam at their snouts.
    MAGA

  4. Obviously, you don ‘t remember when Obama took a zillion international trips in his first year, apologising and demeaning America in every city.

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