Trump plays golf for 1st time since the coronavirus pandemic

Ross Houston
May 24, 2020

President Obama has a major meeting on the N.Y.C. Ebola outbreak, with people flying in from all over the country, but chose to play golf!

President Donald Trump's private banking information may have been accidentally shared during a press briefing, when White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany announced the President would donate his salary to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) this quarter.

Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee in the 2020 presidential race, released a new campaign ad on Saturday night criticizing President Donald Trump for spending the day golfing while the death toll from the coronavirus in the USA neared 100,000. Bring the plague back to U.S.? Also making headlines, Donald Trump's decision to spend Saturday playing golf at his course in Virginia.

As of Saturday afternoon, the USA has recorded 1.6 million confirmed cases of the virus and 96,983 deaths from the disease, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. 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's last golf outing was on March 8 when he visited the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Florida.

But Saturday saw Trump play golf for the first time since he declared the coronavirus pandemic a national emergency more than two months ago. An official from the Trump administration told the New York Times that mock cheques were never used in press briefings, suggesting that the cheque McEnany held up was legitimate.

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

He frequently criticized Barack Obama's regular golf outings when he was president. But she also warned that the Washington area continued to have high positive test rates.

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