Donald Trump teed up recent controversy on Saturday, by leaving the White Home for his golf course in Virginia.
Early on a advantageous morning in Washington, the president was seen by reporters “in his typical golf put on of white polo shirt and white baseball cap … earlier than he departed the White Home” for an undisclosed location. Secret service brokers accompanying the president had been photographed sporting masks. Trump was not seen to cowl his face.
He later arrived at his golf membership in Sterling, Virginia. The White Home didn’t instantly verify that he had truly teed off.
As of Saturday morning, greater than 1.6m instances of Covid-19 had been confirmed within the US, with the dying toll approaching 100,000.
As public well being specialists warn concerning the potential price of reopening too quickly, the Trump administration is encouraging states to kick begin their economies and other people to benefit from the Memorial Day weekend, historically the beginning of the American summer time.
On the White Home on Friday, coronavirus taskforce member Dr Deborah Birx mentioned that although there was nonetheless “important virus circulating” in Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia, actions similar to golf are inspired.
“We’re asking repeatedly for you all to be exterior,” she mentioned, “to get pleasure from your Memorial Day weekend, to play golf, to hike, as Dr [Anthony] Fauci mentioned, to play tennis with marked balls and to be out together with your households that you’ve been within the family with and to even take into account sharing social distance area.”
Birx additionally mentioned golfers mustn’t contact flags on greens, and mentioned picnicking could be OK “so long as you may have utensils that belong to people and that possibly may be thrown out instantly”.
“There’s a number of issues to suppose by,” she mentioned. “I do know you are able to do this. I do know the American individuals can do it. Please, as you exit this weekend, perceive you’ll be able to exit.
“You may be exterior, you’ll be able to play golf, you’ll be able to play tennis with marked balls, you’ll be able to go to the seashores in the event you keep 6ft aside. However do not forget that that’s your area, and that’s an area that it is advisable to defend and be sure that you social distance for others.”
Within the Washington DC space, the climate inspired out of doors pursuits. Different areas weren’t so fortunate. New York’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, signed an government order to permit out of doors gatherings of restricted dimension over the Memorial Day weekend, however on Saturday morning New York Metropolis, at the very least, was soaked by pouring rain.
Trump’s fondness for golf has been a continuing supply of controversy, not least for its price to the taxpayer and its profit to his household enterprise.
Famously, on the marketing campaign path in 2016 he instructed supporters: “I’m going to be working for you. I’m not going to have time to go play golf.”
When Barack Obama was president, Trump typically criticised him for the period of time he spent on the fairways. On Saturday, at the same time as Trump travelled to his course in Virginia, a tweet from October 2014 was a lot remarked upon.
It mentioned: “President Obama has a serious assembly on the NYC Ebola outbreak, with individuals flying in from everywhere in the nation, however determined to play golf!”