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Trump plays golf for 1st time since the coronavirus pandemic

Donald Trump
Posted at 5:54 PM, May 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-23 17:55:00-04

STERLING, Va. (AP) — President Donald Trump played golf Saturday for the first time since he declared the coronavirus pandemic a national emergency more than two months ago.

That move led to the shutdown of much of American society. His return to the course is one more sign that he wants the country back to pre-outbreak times, even as the U.S. death toll from the virus nears 100,000.

That's twice what he once predicted it would be.

The outing was Trump's first to any of the money-making properties he owns since March 8, when he visited his private golf club in West Palm Beach, Florida.

“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.