President Donald Trump headed again to the golf course on Saturday—the most recent transfer in his signaling towards a normalization after weeks of nationwide upheaval introduced on by the novel coronavirus outbreak.
Trump’s journey to his Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia, is his first golf outing since he stopped by Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach on March 8, after checking in on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—as COVID-19 began to unfold within the United States.
It comes a day after Trump strongly advocated for the instant reopening of church buildings throughout the nation which have been shuttered to cease the unfold of coronavirus. Trump mentioned he would “override” governors who do not comply, however the White House hasn’t defined how he would accomplish that with out violating the 10th Amendment.
“In America we need more prayer, not less,” he mentioned. He did not reply questions on whether or not he’ll attend church on Sunday, and the White House hasn’t responded to Newsweek’s request for details about his Sunday plans.
It’s not clear who could also be becoming a member of the president for his golf outing Saturday. The White House did not instantly reply to questions from the pool reporter touring with the president.
Trump’s journey again to his Sterling golf course is no less than his 250th golf membership outing, based mostly on a tally saved by The Washington Post.
Dr. Deborah Birx, coronavirus response coordinator for the White House Coronavirus Task Force, repeatedly steered Friday that golf could also be among the many outings that folks may participate in in the course of the Memorial Day weekend.
“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 mentioned.
More than 96,000 individuals have died of COVID-19, the illness attributable to the novel coronavirus, within the United States, and 1.64 million have examined constructive for the virus. States have begun reopening after weeks of shutdowns which have prompted mass layoffs and document unemployment numbers.
“We’re going to safely reopen our country and our economy, and it’s happening very rapidly,” Trump advised reporters at first of a Cabinet assembly Tuesday. “The numbers are going down—the numbers that we have been talking about for the last two months, they’re actually going down. It’s really terrific.”
Trump additionally introduced this week that he is planning to ask world leaders to a G-7 summit on the White House and Camp David in Maryland this summer time, after the assembly was initially rearranged as a digital occasion over fears concerning the virus.
During Friday’s press briefing, Birx particularly voiced issues concerning the D.C.-area’s excessive charge of COVID-19-positive assessments.
“Even though Washington has remained closed, L.A. has remained closed, Chicago has remained closed, we still see these ongoing cases,” she advised reporters.