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The motorcade for President Donald Trump arrives at Trump National Golf Club, Saturday, May 23, 2020, in Sterling, Va. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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Trump plays golf for 1st time since the coronavirus pandemic

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By DARLENE SUPERVILLE

President Donald Trump played golf Saturday for the first time since he declared the coronavirus pandemic a national emergency more than two months ago, leading to the shutdown of much of American society. His return to the course was the latest sign that he wants the country back to pre-outbreak times, even as the U.S. death toll from the virus nears 100,000, twice what he once predicted it would be.

Trump also planned Memorial Day visits to Arlington National Cemetery and the Fort McHenry national monument in Baltimore, followed by a trip to Florida's coast on Wednesday to watch to U.S. astronauts blast into orbit.

The golf outing came a day after Trump said houses of worship are “essential” and he demanded that governors allow them to reopen during the holiday weekend. It also followed guidance from Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus task force coordinator, that it was OK for people to be outdoors this weekend as long as they took appropriate safety precautions.

Trump pulled away from the White House on a sunny morning wearing a white polo shirt, white cap and dark slacks. Photographs that appeared later on Twitter showed him swinging a golf club and driving alone in a cart on the course at his private Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia.

The White House had no comment on the president's activities at the club, but said he and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had discussed the pandemic's effect on the global economy on Saturday.

The golf trip was the president's first visit to one of his money-making properties since March 8, when he visited his private golf club in West Palm Beach during a weekend at his Florida home. The World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a global pandemic on March 11, and Trump followed with the national emergency declaration two days later.

Trump is an avid golfer who has been overheard telling his White House guests how much he missed playing the game.

On Friday, Birx said it's OK for Americans to play golf, tennis or other sports this weekend “if you stay 6 feet (1.8 meters) apart.” She also said the Washington metropolitan area had the highest positivity rate in the country. The capital city’s coronavirus death rate is higher than all but four states: New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Connecticut.

The U.S. leads the world with a reported 1.6 million coronavirus cases and more than 96,000 deaths, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

Trump has ordered U.S. flags on federal buildings and national monuments to half-staff through Sunday in memory of Americans lost to COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

Trump levied frequent criticism of Barack Obama's regular golf outings when he was president.

“Can you believe that with all of the problems and difficulties facing the U.S., President Obama spent the day playing golf. Worse than Carter,” Trump tweeted in October 2014 during the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, comparing Obama to former President Jimmy Carter.

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Birx: Susan Collins in a white coat.

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 even as the U.S. death toll from the virus nears 100,000, twice what he once predicted it would be.

Predictions of any kind are hard to trust, especially when they're made by someone like Trump, a male who's hired armies of accountants and fixers to do the math for him, and who's told more lies than probably all presidents combined have told.

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That’ll look good in some attack ads.

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a little less focus on individual freedom and a little more on mutual social responsibilities might go along way in the US at the moment....

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The golf outing came a day after Trump said houses of worship are “essential” and he demanded that governors allow them to reopen during the holiday weekend.

Clearly we must all give ourselves big shots of hydroxychloroquine, rush to the nearest church and all sit as closely together as we can. I trust Mr. Trump's loyal online fans will all be heeding this wise advice.

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Trump is a complete failure.

Biden 2020

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But we need to listen to Fauci, the man that can’t make up his decisive mind?

Julia Roberts: "How rad that we have maybe the coolest man on the planet right now."

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That’ll look good in some attack ads.

I do not understand why he would expose himself to such an easy attack. Why go golf now while there's still people dying? Is he trying to project the image that everything's OK or is he simply incapable of controlling his urges?

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It’s a miracle our beloved president, trump can find the time to golf between all that tweeting!!

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I do not understand why he would expose himself to such an easy attack. Why go golf now while there's still people dying?

Then if you go by that, he’ll never be able to play again. Look, the curve is flattened, people need to go back to work and live and pick up their lives again, the governors know this and their backward political strategy failed miserably, so they have no choice but to allow people out and it’s good for them and they should take up any sport they want, Obama did a few weeks ago and he didn’t even wear a mask.

Is he trying to project the image that everything's OK or is he simply incapable of controlling his urges?

No, everything for the most part is ok now, I know it’s hard for liberals to believe that, it it is, now Latin America is a totally different story

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The “expert” approved it. so nothing to complain about

On Friday, Birx said it's OK for Americans to play golf, tennis or other sports this weekend

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Look, the curve is flattened

The national chart doesn't look flattened at all.

No, everything for the most part is ok now,

23912 news cases yesterday, 1262 deaths. You call that "ok"? That's a very optimistic point of view.

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Trump pulled away from the White House on a sunny morning wearing a white polo shirt, white cap and dark slacks. Photographs that appeared later on Twitter showed him swinging a golf club and driving alone in a cart on the course at his private Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia.

And as the number of COVID deaths reaches past 95K, this Moron heads out to the golf course...no clearer "Rome burns while Nero fiddles" metaphor...

Trump also planned Memorial Day visits to Arlington National Cemetery and the Fort McHenry national monument in Baltimore, 

Just what we need, a draft-dodging, fake medical deferment, coward, who will no doubt turn these solemn ceremonies into partisan political events...just stay on the golf course.

The White House had no comment on the president's activities at the club, but said he and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had discussed the pandemic's effect on the global economy on Saturday.

Surely the discussion included some fake dirt on Biden in exchange for some Javelins...

“Can you believe that with all of the problems and difficulties facing the U.S., President Obama spent the day playing golf. Worse than Carter,” Trump tweeted in October 2014 during the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, 

Ebola deaths in US - 2. COVID deaths to date - 96,000 (and continuing to increase). And guess who is playing golf...

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Trump still plays more golf than Tiger Woods.

What happened to all of that talk about never having time to play golf and the country winning so much that everybody would get tired of it. What a load of BS that all was. Now tens of thousands of Americans are still dying (94,000 and counting) and what's Trump doin'? You guessed it.. . People are on ventilators but Trump is on the green again.

"I take no responsibility!" . . . Pres. Trump

Obviously.

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You know what? I support Donald Trump golfing. Because when he's golfing, he's doing the least amount of damage to the USA.

Sure, he's ignoring his job, his previous statements, and every conceivable measure of leadership... but he does that all the time anyway.

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Trump is a complete failure.

Biden 2020

Serrano@ Someone seems to have hijacked your ID.

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bass4funkToday  09:09 am JST

No, everything for the most part is ok now.

Whatever you say, Comical Ali.

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You know what? I support Donald Trump golfing. Because when he's golfing, he's doing the least amount of damage to the USA. 

Not him, the governors, Trump wants the country to re-open, these incompetents don’t. They’re the ones doing the damage.

Sure, he's ignoring his job,

No, the guys been at the WH so long, I’m surprised, the guy doesn’t even sleep seems like.

his previous statements, and every conceivable measure of leadership... but he does that all the time anyway.

What? Oh. Lol

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96000 American deaths, 40 million Americans unemployed , and Trump plays golf.

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And Trump continues to play more golf at more American taxpayers' expense than Obama ever did, even though Trump claimed that he wouldn't play golf as much and work hard for the American people.

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No, everything for the most part is ok now,

Well, except for Arkansas, which is experiencing a second 'peak' already, 3 weeks after they started loosening restrictions and opening up everything from casinos to hair salons. How many other states who pushed for reopening too quickly are going to suffer the same fate?

Asa Hutchinson can try to say that his state is fine, and that everything is going to be OK... but things are already trending the wrong direction for him and other states that reopened too quickly.

Tell me, how much do the 100,000 dead Americans contribute to the economy?

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Did that really happen though?

Yes, there’s video of it.

Because it only made the "news" on a very small scale on right wing networks,

It’s news, so that means, the overwhelming liberal news outlets shouldn’t cover it because of the love and devotion they have for the guy? Either be fair or get another line of work.

and the news is only supported by a tweet with a picture so far away it could have been anybody (and been taken any time).

Uh-huh..ROFL!

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Yes, I am sure it happened. As the Obama spokesman declined to comment. You know if he didnt go he would have put out a sanctimonious statement in response telling all Americans to stay indoors during this time of crisis or something.

Plus an "attack ad" only works if people care. No Trump voters care if he went to play golf today. Just looks like a personal attack even more when the media hid it when Obama went weeks ago.

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Yes, there’s video of it.

Please provide it.

It’s news, so that means, the overwhelming liberal news outlets shouldn’t cover it because of the love and devotion they have for the guy?

But it didn't even make that big of a splash in right-wing outlets. if I google search it now, it's really just a few cooky websites. I would have thought Fox News would have been all over it for at least 3 days.

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Please provide it.

You can look yourself.

But it didn't even make that big of a splash in right-wing outlets.

It did, but most conservatives laughed at the hypocrisy and by the way, it’s not that big of deal, even though we are all still paying for this guy, liberals on the other hand can’t even go to sleep without dwelling what Trump did or said or when he went to the toilet etc. sick people!

if I google search it now, it's really just a few cooky websites. I would have thought Fox News would have been all over it for at least 3 days.

No, they don’t beat a story to death like CNN repeatedly and repetitively, there’s more than that in a day to talk about, CNN should learn that.

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No one who was going to vote for Trump already will change their vote or stay home because the President went golfing for the first time in 2.5 months.

Thats all I have for this, its simply obvious that it has no impact on anything.

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Most likely there will be little rebound because most people are still staying away from shops and restaurants.

Plus, the some numbers are being fudged now. For example, some states only count hospitalizations for Covid-19 if the patient is tested after being admitted. If they test positive before being admitted, they are not counted.

Let's not forget that fast response to test and isolate the sick (with or without symptoms) such as South Korea did would have saved the US and most of the world from having to shut down.

They tested almost everyone, isolated the positives and let the negatives continue to work and live their lives until the next round of tests. The US was only testing people who had symptoms because they didn't and still don't have accurate, plentiful test kits. It's been over four months since the first confirmed cases in South Korea and the US on January 20th.

Don't forget that this was squarely on the plate of Trump, who failed to act and fails to this day as a competent human being.

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Trump is a complete failure.

Biden 2020

Serrano@ Someone seems to have hijacked your ID.

Har!

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Republican idea of leadership is to go golfing while:

96,000 dead in 2.5 months from COVID 19

35 million unemployed as a result #1

Right now we need COMPETENCE and Trump displays none of that. The faster you come to grips with that the easier this will all be over. Trump is a sniveling little weasel with no empathy for Americans. There are no words to describe this low-life and his crime family and those who support him. Trump and his Republican collaborators have marginalized the deaths of thousands of Americans during the Covid crises.

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It right for Trump to be playing golf while 60 million people are struggling to pay their rents, mortgages, bills, healthcare. 42.5 million claiming unemployment benefits. Tens of millions at food banks.

All ex presidents like Clinton, Bush, Carter, Obama have their Secret Service agents. That's the system.

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No one who was going to vote for Trump already will change their vote or stay home because the President went golfing for the first time in 2.5 months.

No one? Mighty absolute. Still lots of time before the election.

Most likely whichever party is best able to convince the millions:

who've lost jobs, lost healthcare, can't pay rent, have had their cars repo-ed, lost the few entitlement programs they'd had, lost friends and loved ones to the virus, have been affected by the virus in whatever way etc etc

that it was the other-party responsible for the collapse of the economy and the mounting death toll

will win.

At this point it's pretty clear Trump and the Republicans are most responsible, contrary to their 'I'm not responsible for that' motto.

But who knows what the undecided will believe: Trump and his media forces (US and 'foreign') have been effective at reaching the sizable intellectually vulnerable segment of the US population.

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No one? Mighty absolute. Still lots of time before the election. 

Most likely whichever party is best able to convince the millions:

Since the economy is the number one priority for the vast majority of Americans, that should seal Trump’s re-election chances.

who've lost jobs, lost healthcare, can't pay rent, have had their cars repo-ed, lost the few entitlement programs they'd had, lost friends and loved ones to the virus, have been affected by the virus in whatever way etc etc 

This is why a lot of governors in these liberal states need to worry.

that it was the other-party responsible for the collapse of the economy and the mounting death toll 

Trump wanted the country open, these Democrat governors didn’t and still reluctantly don’t, not a good message to the voter.

At this point it's pretty clear Trump and the Republicans are most responsible, contrary to their 'I'm not responsible for that' motto. 

Yeah, CNN is so desperately trying to push their viewers into thinking that

But who knows what the undecided will believe: Trump and his media forces (US and 'foreign') have been effective at reaching the sizable intellectually vulnerable segment of the US population.

In other words, they tuned out the msm BS, good.

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Wasting no time tone-deaf Trump tees off while corona still scythes through the land and Americans are dying. Perhaps all will be forgiven if his clumsy handlers can hustle him into a church on Sunday. If not, the attack ads will have a field day comparing him to Nero (which is unfair since the emperor was accomplished in the arts).

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Oh, please! No one is buying that anymore. Yeah, we need to be careful and vigilant, but let’s be perfectly honest here, some people will die and some won’t. The elderly, people with pre-existing conditions need to be careful, stay home or limited their exposure, people that are healthy and not in the high risk category have a lot less to worry about. Poverty kills and people want and need to go back to work, let them and if people don’t want to, that’s their choice.

That is not what I was saying. I was saying it is nuts that this idiot thinks the President can take a day off to golf in the middle of this disaster.

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Speaking of the coronavirus pandemic, the NY times

What does that have to do with Trump golfing exactly?

Of course, 5 mins later basic research shows 

Useless comment without sources.

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The two countries which have the most important numbers of victims of the covid-19 are US and Brasil.

They are lead by the two most dumb, unpopular and incompetent populists in the world ever.

Not a surprise at all !!

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Certainly not the first time, maybe since March when he was probably forced by staff to stop going

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That is not what I was saying. I was saying it is nuts that this idiot thinks the President can take a day off to golf in the middle of this disaster.

What disaster? The storm is pretty much over, time to get back to work. Healthy people should get tested, then they should be allowed to go back to work, sick and people with pre-existing conditions need to stay away, be careful and maybe not go out, but the country needs to get back to work and people need to get back to living again...tee off.

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Healthy people should get tested, then they should be allowed to go back to work,

Exactly once people are tested they can never catch the virus. Testing is a vaccine, marginally less effective than hydrochlorophyllquaxocuinine.

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@bas4fhe storm is pretty much over, time to get back to work

That's been debunked. Only those who believe Trump and his alt right (i.e. kook) media say that.

pre-existing conditions need to stay away

More big-brotherism. Most Americans have 'pre-existing' conditions. Why do the alt right want to take away people's freedoms. SMH

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Repub President Bush II in 2001; “We must stop the terror. I call upon all nations to do everything they can to stop these terrorist killers. Now watch this drive...”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCm9788Tb5g

Repub President Trump in 2020; "Nancy and Chuck are losers, the virus is contained, I take no responsibility. Now watch this drive..."

Repub "wartime leaders"...people dying; they make jokes and they play golf...

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