ARLINGTON, Va./BALTIMORE (Reuters) – President Donald Trump paid tribute to fallen members of the American navy on Monday to mark Memorial Day whereas defending his decision to spend many of the vacation weekend enjoying golf because the U.S. demise toll from the coronavirus outbreak neared 100,000.
“Some stories about the fact that in order to get outside and perhaps, even a little exercise, I played golf over the weekend. The Fake & Totally Corrupt News makes it sound like a mortal sin – I knew this would happen!,” Trump tweeted, saying this was the primary time he had performed in practically three months.
Before changing into president, Trump had repeatedly criticized his predecessor, Democratic President Barack Obama, for enjoying golf, together with through the 2014 Ebola outbreak.
The United States has greater than 1.6 million infections, the best on the earth, whereas forecast fashions for doable COVID-19 deaths predict the demise toll will exceed 100,000 by June 1. But nearly all 50 states have begun enjoyable their coronavirus restrictions.
Trump, a Republican who’s working for re-election in November, is keen to have the pandemic-stricken financial system in at the very least considerably higher form by the autumn to bolster his probabilities of staying within the White House.
He has additionally stepped up his journey schedule in latest weeks. On Monday, he visited Arlington National Cemetery for a wreath-laying ceremony on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. He, Vice President Mike Pence and their spouses didn’t put on masks through the ceremony, together with navy officers and enlisted personnel who took half. Trump has largely been reluctant to don a masks all through the pandemic.
“In recent months, our nation and the world have been engaged in a new form of battle against an invisible enemy,” he mentioned in a speech on the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Baltimore.
Trump has additionally been urging state governors to reopen their economies and inspiring Americans to restart actions which were shuttered due to the pandemic.
On Friday he instructed governors to permit locations of worship to reopen over the weekend and threatened, with out explaining what authority he would use, to overrule them in the event that they declined.
Reporting by Jeff Mason and David Shepardson; Writing by Humeyra Pamuk; Editing by Jonathan Oatis