President Donald Trump defended his decision to hit the golf links on Memorial Day weekend amid those who stayed at home and rising coronavirus mortality, lashing out at former President Barack Obama and probably 2020 opponent Joe Biden.
Trump’s defense came on Memorial Day morning, just before he traveled to Arlington National Cemetery for a ceremony that started 30 minutes late. Online, he went after Joe Biden for his “poor work ethic” after Biden accused the president of tweets “from his golf cart” over the weekend as the corona virus death toll approached 100,000.
Trump started his tweets with media criticism – noting that he hadn’t played golf since the start of the coronavirus shutdowns in March.
President Donald Trump defended his decision to hit Memorial Day weekend off the golf links
“Some stories about my golfing on the weekends to go out and maybe even a little exercise. The Fake & Totally Corrupt News makes it sound like a mortal sin – I knew this was going to happen! Trump wrote.
“What they don’t say is that it was my first wave in almost … 3 months and if I waited 3 years they would still make their usual” hit “pieces. They are sick with hatred and dishonesty. They are really crazy! Trump lashed out.
He then turned his attention to political rivals. “They don’t mention Sleepy Joe’s poor work ethic, or the entire time Obama spent on the golf course, often flying to … Hawaii in a large, fully loaded 747, to play. What did that do with the so-called Carbon Footprint? He also played moments after the brutal murder of a great young man by ISIS. Completely inappropriate – and it was I who shattered 100% of the ISIS Caliphate. I was left a MESS! Trump wrote.
President Trump lashed out at the media to discuss his rounds of golf over the weekend
He also shot Joe Biden, who blamed him for tweeting ‘from a golf cart’
Trump also ripped Pastor Barack Obama
Joe Biden convicted Trump for ‘tweeting from your golf cart’
Trump routinely attacked Obama during his campaign for president. While at the office, he spent 400 days in his own house according to his stay NBC News – about a third of its term.
His weekend golf outings were on his course in Virginia, which has begun reopening, although Virginia, neighboring Maryland, and Washington, D.C. also see persistent coronavirus infections and deaths.
On Sunday, Trump chose to hit the left after encouraging churches to reopen for services with a dramatic press statement on Friday warning governors to grant “ essential ” functions that can remain open despite early outbreaks at religious gatherings.
While Washington D.C. still stays at home, parts of Virginia and Maryland have entered phase one of reopening, allowing religious institutions to be reopened with certain restrictions, with an emphasis on social distance, wearing masks and deep cleansing.
Some churches in the southern part of Virginia have been opened. Churches in Maryland are allowed to open with a 50 percent capacity. The president and first lady are in Baltimore Monday for a Memorial Day event.
However, Trump arrived at his Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia on Sunday morning. He was seen leaving the White House in a white polo shirt and white baseball cap.
Golfer Bill Hurley III was also seen entering the column at the White House.
President Trump was seen with his own golf cart at the 800-acre private golf club he owns, about 20 minutes south of Washington, D.C. A bevy of carts followed, probably consisting of fellow players and his agents from the secret service.
President Donald Trump will play golf on his Trump National Golf Course outside Washington, D.C., on Sunday.
The President enjoys a game of golf at one of his clubs on Sunday after encouraging churches to reopen for services
However, Trump arrived at his Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia on Sunday morning in a white polo shirt and white baseball cap
President Trump was seen with his own golf cart on the 800-acre private golf club he owns about 20 minutes south of Washington D.C.
A multitude of carts followed Trump, probably consisting of fellow players and his agents from the secret service
President Trump hits a golf ball close to his cart during his Sunday game on his golf course in Washington, D.C.
President Trump and his golf party are seen on Sunday – the second day in a row he was on his golf course in Washington, D.C.
President Donald Trump sees the putting green during his golf round on Sunday
But Melania Trump recalled the lives lost to the corona virus on Sunday.
“We mourn every life lost by # COVID19. We will pray for their family and loved ones forever on this gloomy day, ”the first lady tweeted.
Her tribute comes when The New York Times presented a dramatic front page on Sunday, with the names and descriptions of 1,000 people who died of the corona virus. The President has ordered flags from the half staff to remember the dead.
A New Jersey church has already defied its governor and reopened its doors after Trump issued his order. The Solid Rock Baptist Church in the southern part of the state welcomed worshipers on Sunday, even though Democratic Governor Phil Murphy has not lifted his order to shut down.
Murphy told CNN that he spoke to President Trump about churches late Friday, but was not ready to open them in his state.
“I hope we get to the houses of worship sooner than later. But we want to make sure that we do it right, responsibly and that we don’t kill anyone by doing it too soon, “he said on Sunday in” State of the Union. “
But the opening comes after Trump, in a dramatic announcement on Friday, announced that governors should reopen churches and other places of worship and exempt them from coronavirus locks.
“Today I identify houses of worship – churches, synagogue[s] and mosques – as essential places that provide essential services, “he said in the White House briefing room.
President Donald Trump will leave the White House on Sunday to head to his golf course for the second day in a row
Billy Hurley III, second from left, walks with others to get on President Trump’s column
A woman gives the finger to the motorcade that President Donald Trump is wearing as he approaches Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia this Sunday
Golfer Billy Hurley joined President Trump’s column at the White House on Sunday
Dr. Deborah Birx, who coordinates the White House Coronavirus Task Force, warned that churches are not safe for everyone to attend.
She urged vulnerable people to stay at home.
“While it may be safe for some to go to churches and social distance, it may not be safe for people with pre-existing conditions, so we asked people with vulnerabilities in phase one and phase two to really make sure they are protected and sheltered as they open up America, “she said on” Fox News Sunday. ”
On Saturday, he started his Memorial Day weekend with a game of golf. It was the first time the president had reached the left on March 8, his last weekend in Mar-a-Lago before the coronavirus ended normal life.
However, the president failed to practice social distance when he was in his members’ club on Saturday.
Trump, who despite everything has repeatedly refused to wear a face mask CDC recommendations, was seen again without a mask and ignored social distance requirements to stay six feet from other people by shaking hands with a fellow maskless golfer.
Melania Trump recalled the lives lost to the corona virus on Sunday. “We mourn every life lost by # COVID19. We will pray for their family and loved ones forever on this gloomy day, ”the first lady tweeted
President Trump’s column will go to his Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia on Sunday
President Trump’s column on his way to his golf course in Sterling, Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C.
A New Jersey church reopened following Trump’s appeal to defy the governor’s shutdown; above, the Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in South Orange, New Jersey posted pictures of parishioners on the pews
The New York Times paid tribute to those who died of the coronavirus, with Sunday front page names and descriptions as the death rate is close to 100,000
President Donald Trump saw a hand shake with a fellow golfer on Saturday
Dressed in a white golf shirt, white cap, and dark pants, Trump waved at cameras playing on the course on Saturday
President Trump drives his own golf cart when he plays golf, but the secret service is always close by
This was the longest period he spent without attending any of his clubs since becoming president NBC News, who calculated that he visited his own property for more than 400 days or about a third of his term.
Trump has complained more than once that he missed the sport during the pandemic.
“I’d love to play golf, but it’s too busy now,” he said earlier this month.
He also called in an NBC PGA special last weekend and said he hadn’t started since ‘this problem’ started.
“I miss it. I haven’t really played since we started this problem. I haven’t been able to play golf in a while. I’ve been very busy and I think it’s just one of those things, but we’re getting back to normal, ”he said.
Dr. Deborah Birx, who coordinates the White House Coronavirus Task Force, warned that churches are not safe for everyone to attend. She urged vulnerable people to stay at home. “While it may be safe for some to go to churches and social distance, it may not be safe for people with pre-existing conditions, so we asked people with vulnerabilities in phase one and phase two to really make sure they are protected and sheltered as they open up America, “she said on” Fox News Sunday “
Dr. Birx said during the White House briefing on Friday that people could play golf on the weekend and other activities – often viewed as the unofficial start of summer – but warned people to continue following social distance.
“Please, if you go out this weekend, understand that you can be outside and you can play golf, and you can play tennis with marked balls,” she said.
On Friday, Trump pressured Democrats to flag at half-mast in the White House, Capitol, and National Mall to mark the beginning of three days of commemoration of the victims of the corona virus over Memorial Day weekend.
This is because the US death toll continued to rise. More than 97,000 people died and more than 1.6 million cases.