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Trump plays golf for second day in a row as coronavirus lockdown rules ease

DONALD Trump was spotted playing golf for the second day in a row as coronavirus lockdown rules ease around the country. 

The president returned to one of his private courses in Virginia on Sunday, where he had teed off his Memorial Day weekend for the first time in 75 days yesterday as states begin to reopen.

 President Trump leaving the White House to play golf this morning
President Trump leaving the White House to play golf this morningCredit: EPA
 Trump shakes hands with another golfing, after removing his glove
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Trump shakes hands with another golfing, after removing his gloveCredit: EPA
 Trump looks on from a putting green during a round of golf
Trump looks on from a putting green during a round of golfCredit: Reuters
 The Memorial Day weekend marking the unofficial start of summer in the U.S.
The Memorial Day weekend marking the unofficial start of summer in the U.S.Credit: Reuters

He was pictured leaving the White House on Sunday decked out in golfing attire as he headed to the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling for another game without his POTUS mask.

Wall Street Journal reporter Catherine Lucey noted that there was a slew of protesters outside the entrance to the exclusive club, where Trump again arrived without a face covering.

The slogan on one of the demonstrators signs reportedly read "I care do you, 100,000 dead."

By Sunday, the US death toll had topped 98,000 with over 1.6 million coronavirus infections as of May 24.

This morning Trump insisted that "cases, numbers and deaths are going down all over the Country" as new projections indicated some states would see a COVID increase in areas that reopen too quickly.

Yesterday, the president was seen leaving the White House on Saturday, without a mask, and heading to the golf course.

 President Donald Trump departs Trump National Golf Club on Saturday
President Donald Trump departs Trump National Golf Club on SaturdayCredit: AP:Associated Press

His last visit to one of his private courses was on March 6, when he hosted several Brazilian officials one of whom tested positive for the coronavirus shortly after the trip at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

At one point during Trump's Saturday outing, he was seen patting another golfing companion on the shoulder, reported NBC News.

Joe Biden, his likely rival for the presidency in November, posted a campaign video on Saturday night slamming Trump for playing gold during the pandemic.

Trump and his motorcade arrived at the northern Virginia club at 10.27 am, flanked by secret service agents, who were wearing masks, according to Fox News, and spent three and a half hours at the course.

 Trump waves his clubs at the course
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Trump waves his clubs at the courseCredit: EPA
 Trump's last visit to one of his private courses was on March 6
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Trump's last visit to one of his private courses was on March 6Credit: EPA
 President Donald Trump played golf at one of his courses Saturday during the Memorial Day weekend
President Donald Trump played golf at one of his courses Saturday during the Memorial Day weekendCredit: Reuters

During a press conference at the White House on Friday, the government's coronavirus expert Dr Deborah Birx highlighted the need to practice social distancing while out over the holiday weekend.

"Please, as you go out this weekend, understand that you can be outside and you can play golf, and you can play tennis with marked balls," she told reporters.

"You can go to the beaches if you stay six feet apart. But remember that is your space.

"And that is the space you need to protect to ensure you are social distancing for others."

Trump was spotted playing with three others and driving a golf cart alone around the course yesterday.

 At one point during Trump's Saturday outing, he was seen patting another golfing companion on the shoulder
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At one point during Trump's Saturday outing, he was seen patting another golfing companion on the shoulderCredit: EPA
 He played at the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia
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He played at the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, VirginiaCredit: EPA

It has been the president's longest stretch so far without visiting one of his private courses.

“I'd really like to play golf but it's too busy right now,” the president said earlier this month.

Last week, golfing star Rory McIlroy vowed to never play golf with Trump again, after he was slammed by his fans for teeing up with the president in 2017.

Appearing on a podcast, the world number one criticized Trump for politicizing the coronavirus pandemic, and said he didn't agree with anything he has said.

 

When asked by the hosts of the McKellar Podcast, a golfing show, if would ever play with Trump again the Northern Irish golfer said: "No, I wouldn't."

"I’ll sit here and say the day that I did spend with him and others was very enjoyable," McIlroy admitted. "He’s very charismatic, he was nice to everyone — it didn’t matter whether you were me or guys in the cart barn or the pro at the golf club.

 McIlroy vowed never to play with Trump again
McIlroy vowed never to play with Trump againCredit: EPA
 The president did not appear to stand six feet away from his companions
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The president did not appear to stand six feet away from his companionsCredit: EPA
 Trump spent three and a half hours at the golf club
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Trump spent three and a half hours at the golf clubCredit: EPA


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