President Donald Trump played golf on Saturday for the first time since he declared the national emergency for the coronavirus pandemic more than two months ago, a move that caused the paralysis of much of American society.
His return to golf is the latest indication that he wants the country to return to the pre-pandemic era, even if the death toll from the virus in the United States is close to 100,000, double what he had predicted. initially.
Trump also plans to visit Arlington National Cemetery and Fort McHenry National Monument in Baltimore on the occasion of Memorial Day in United States Wars, and then travel to the Florida coast to witness the takeoff of American astronauts into space on Wednesday.
Trump went to play golf a day after he described churches as “essential” and demanded that governors allow them to reopen on Memorial Day weekend. Previously, Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House special team for the response to the coronavirus, had given her approval to the people to go out this weekend, as long as they did it taking the appropriate sanitary measures.
The President left the White House on a sunny morning dressed in a polo shirt, white cap, and dark pants. The photos later posted on Twitter showed the president waving a golf club and driving just a cart on a field at his Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia.
The White House had no comment on the president’s activities at the club, but noted that Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had discussed Saturday the repercussions of the pandemic on the global economy.
Trump’s visit to the golf course was his first visit to one of his businesses since March 8, when he was at his private golf club in West Palm Beach over the weekend at his home in Florida. The World Health Organization declared the coronavirus pandemic on March 11 and Trump declared the national emergency two days later.
Trump is an enthusiastic golfer and they had heard him say to his guests at the White House that he really missed playing the sport.
On Friday, Birx said it was okay for Americans to play golf, tennis or other sports this weekend “on condition that people keep a distance of 1.80 meters (six feet) from each other.” The expert added that the Washington metropolitan area has the highest rate of confirmed infections in the country. The death rate from coronavirus in the capital city exceeds that of other states except New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Connecticut.
With 1.6 million registered coronavirus cases and more than 96,000 deaths, the United States exceeds the rest of the world in both figures, according to the Johns Hopkins University account.
Trump ordered that the flags on federal buildings and national monuments be set at half-staff these days until Sunday, in remembrance of Americans killed by COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.
In most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms that disappear in two to three weeks. In some people, especially older adults and those with underlying health conditions, it can lead to more serious illnesses, such as pneumonia, and even death.