President Donald Trump made an unannounced phone call into NBC Sports’ live broadcast of a golf tournament raising funds for coronavirus relief efforts to complain about not being able to golf “since this problem we have started.”
The TaylorMade Driving Relief tournament marks one of the first live professional sports events in over two months.
“It’s a wonderful thing to see,” Trump told NBC’s Mike Tirico when asked how he felt watching pro golfers return to the links after the PGA Tour cancelled or postponed its events through May amid the pandemic.
“I’m getting a little tired of watching 10-year-old golf tournaments [on television] where you know who won,” Trump complained as the U.S. COVID-19 death toll topped 90,000 on Sunday.
Trump called the network after returning to the White House from Camp David, which has a private one-hole golf course, with four tees, and a driving range.
“I do miss it,” Trump said. I haven’t played, really, since this problem that we have started, I haven’t been able to play golf for a while, I’ve been very busy,” Trump said.
The president stayed on the line for about 10 minutes where he talked about his relationships with pro golfers, four of whom were competing in the charity match.
“We need sports in terms of the psyche, the psyche of our country,” Trump said. “I think some tremendous things are going to be coming out very soon.”
“The country is ready to start moving forward,” Trump said.