President Donald Trump on Saturday headed to a golf course for the first time in over two months as the U.S. COVID-19 death toll approached 100,000.
Trump arrived at the Trump National Golf Club in suburban Virginia around 10:30 a.m., reports Bloomberg.
Saturday golf outing for Pres. Trump. His first round at one of his courses since March 8th. Here you can catch a glimpse as the president, in his golf attire, heads for his waiting motorcade to leave the White House. (TV pool video) pic.twitter.com/FZgiLwpj2I
— Kelly O’Donnell (@KellyO) May 23, 2020
WATCH: President Trump golfs on Saturday at his Virginia golf club. pic.twitter.com/L8SJf0wKzo
— The Hill (@thehill) May 23, 2020
He was spotted earlier wearing a white polo shirt and signature white “Make America Great Again” cap.
While this is Trump’s first public golf outing since March 8, when he played a round of golf at the Trump International course in West Palm Beach, Florida, Trump visited Camp David in Maryland on May 3. The country’s presidential retreat has one hole, with four tees, and a driving range. The course is located just outside the Aspen Lodge, where presidents have typically stayed. The course has been called the “world’s most exclusive golf” hole and driving range.
Deborah Birx, the immunologist who coordinates the White House coronavirus task force, coincidentally mentioned golf as an activity Americans might safely enjoy this weekend during a news conference on Friday.
“I’m going to call your attention to the top three states — the top three states with the largest percent,” Birx said. “And this is so you can all make your decisions about going outside and social distancing, potentially playing golf if you’re very careful and you don’t touch the flags, and all of those issues,” she said.
She mentioned golf three times, as well as “playing tennis with marked balls” and going to the beach while remaining socially distant during the Memorial Day long weekend.
I called it https://t.co/7Lg6dqcB1E
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 23, 2020
During the 2014 Ebola outbreak, Trump repeatedly attacked President Obama for playing golf during the outbreak.
“I do miss it. I haven’t played, really, since this problem that we have started, I haven’t been able to play golf for a while,” Trump told NBC last weekend. “I’ve been very busy.”