President Trump seemed to be ignoring social distance guidelines while golfing in Virginia for the third time this week, while Joe Biden hit him for doing so amid coronavirus peaks.
Photos taken at the private golf club show Trump arriving just before 10am in a white polo shirt, red ball cap, and dark pants.
Neither he nor anyone in his party appears to be wearing face masks despite a spike in Virginia cases last week.
New York Daily News reports that a small group of protesters welcomed Trump to the greens, including a woman who hoisted a sign saying “Trump is a traitor.”
The icy reception is part of a cold swell among disgruntled citizens in the United States as tensions mount over barely contained coronavirus spikes, a law enforcement collapse, and a Russian premium scandal.
President Donald Trump (left, red cap) arrived at the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia on Friday, when the fourth weekend of July begins
Neither Trump (far left), no one in his golf party seemed to wear face masks, despite coronavirus cases in Virginia
Several states, including Virginia, have reported spikes in coronavirus cases in recent weeks that have re-closed businesses and doubled public health rules.
Mayor Bobby Dyer announced on Tuesday that “41% of new cases are between 20 and 29 years old, and 61% are between 20 and 39 years old.”
Scores of protests against racism and police brutality have gripped the nation since Memorial Day since George Floyd, an unarmed black man, died after a white officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.
Last week, Trump reported knowing that the Russians reportedly paid Islamic militants in Afghanistan to murder U.S. soldiers.
But Trump looked at ease when at least four other men came to him for a round of golf.
Trump’s (Middle) Golf Visit to Virginia Comes Now as the US Goes Into Protest Against Black Lives Matter, Coronavirus Cases, and Russian Premium Reports
At one point, footage seemed to show that Trump (center) gave a ‘low five’ to a golf partner without sterilizing his hands
At one point, video footage appeared to show Trump giving a golf partner a low five without sterilizing his hands.
According to the Virginia Department of Health, social distance becomes six feet and is still strongly encouraged as the state enters its final reopening phase.
Although meetings have increased the number of people allowed to 250, Governor Ralph Northam still urged Virginians to stay at home as much as possible.
A health department social distance guideline asked residents to avoid “handshakes, hugs and kisses” and “dirty hands.”
Trump also played a few rounds of golf in the Trump National Golf Club against South Carolina Senator and avid supporter, Lindsey Graham last weekend.
Graham reportedly told Fox & Friends on Thursday that Trump shot a remarkable 74 and hit him ‘like a drum.’
Senator Lindsey Graham reportedly told Fox & Friends that he played golf against President Trump (far left) last week and was ‘beat like a drum’
“I’ve never seen him play so well,” he said, TMZ reports. “I mean, he’s got more on his shoulders – I hope,” Okay, you know he’s a little distracted. ”
But others were less impressed by Trump’s backlash.
Presumably presidential candidate Joe Biden denounced the commander in chief for golf as the coronavirus pandemic continues to harass the US.
The Golf News Net reports that Friday’s visit was the 271st time Trump had visited any of his 17 golf clubs since he officially took office in January 2017.
“We have been in this crisis for five months and our health workers still don’t have the masks and protective equipment they need. It’s a national disgrace, “he tweeted on Friday.
Mr. President, use your authority and solve the shortage of personal protective equipment before turning off for another round of golf. ‘
Joe Biden accused President Trump of playing golf three times this week as coronavirus pandemic continues across the country
Biden: “Mr. President, use your authority and solve the shortage of personal protective equipment before turning off for another round of golf. “
Biden echoed the lines of the speech he delivered Tuesday in Wilmington, Delaware, alleging that Trump had “surrendered” to the virus.
The President has mitigated the US’s ongoing problems with the virus as the number of cases per day in the country has exceeded 50,000.
Arizona, California, Florida, and Texas reported a combined 25,000 new confirmed coronavirus cases on Friday, but a smaller percentage is coming back positive and deaths have not skyrocketed yet.
Some health experts say the increase in southern states is due to younger people being infected with milder cases of the virus.
Officials also think this may be due to a better understanding of how the virus spreads, an increase in testing, and a lower percentage of older people who test positive.
In June, Florida infections rose by 168 percent or more than 95,000 new cases. The percentage of tests that return positive has skyrocketed to 15 percent from four percent in late May.
This means that Florida, where 21 million people live, reported more new daily cases of coronavirus than any other European country at the peak of their outbreaks.
California congressman Ted Lieu also criticized the president for golf, but had a particular objection to the Russian premium report.
“Even if the shifting White House stories are true that have not received information about Russia paying bounties to kill US troops, Trump was sure last Friday,” Lieu wrote.
And Trump still hasn’t made a single statement condemning Putin. But he played golf 3 times. ‘
California Rep. Ted Lieu also criticized President Trump for golf for reports of alleged Russian bounties circulating
The New York Times said in a troubling report that Russia paid Taliban militants bounties to murder U.S. military personnel abroad – a crack in its relationship with President Vladimir Putin, if true.
Trump called the reports a “ hoax ” on Wednesday, and White House officials said the explosive report was in the president’s briefing, but was not discussed orally because it was “ not verified. ”
“The Russia Bounty story is just another made-up story from Fake News that is only told to harm me and the Republican Party. The secret source probably doesn’t even exist, just like the story itself. If the discredited @nytimes has a source, reveal it. Just another hoax! Trump tweeted.
Trump is also flooded with backlash to his response to Black Lives Matter protests.
He was convicted for his brutal military response to often peaceful protests, which apparently sparked a further divide between civilians using prejudice rhetoric and the use of the widely disputed phrase “When the looting begins, the shooting begins.
Trump has unambiguously put himself on the side of law enforcement as citizens protest police brutality and excessive violence. The law enforcement agency has entered a crisis when Americans are re-examining the role that police officers have and should play in overseeing communities.
Melina Abdullah, one of the founders of Black Lives Matter Los Angeles, attacked the president for his divisiveness.
“I think it’s the height of hypocrisy for Donald Trump to call everything a symbol of hatred,” said Abdullah, a pan-African professor at California State University.
“He is the embodiment of hate, and to say that affirming the value of black life is somehow hate reminds us again of who he is.”
In response to claims that Trump is fueling the flames of both political and racial divide with harmful rhetoric, Abdullah pointed to white supremacy.
“I think we should remember who he is. That Donald Trump is the embodiment of white supremacist terrorism.
After Friday’s golf trip, President Trump heads to South Dakota to deliver a speech and watch a fireworks show at Mount Rushmore.
The Mount Rushmore event will be limited to 7,500 people, but South Dakota’s government, Kristi Noem, said there were no plans for social distance, although officials would hand out masks.
The Department of the Interior has 30,000 masks ready for the crowd expected to show up in the National Mall on the Fourth of July holiday.
Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser said on Wednesday that she had warned the Home Office that the meeting was in violation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, but she has no control over the festivities because they are being held on federal grounds .
He then hosts his ‘Salute to America’ celebration from the White House, complete with military flyovers, ahead of the annual Saturday fireworks show.