President Trump Goes Golfing at His Private Course in Virginia for First Time Since Coronavirus Outbreak

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As the toll of coronavirus in America surged past 97,000 deaths, President Donald Trump was back at the golf course on Saturday after taking a two-month hiatus from the sport amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The 73-year-old arrived at his Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia, with his motorcade around 10:30 a.m. local time, marking the president's first golf outing since the outbreak began, according to Fox News.

Trump sported a white baseball hat and a polo shirt. He was not pictured to be wearing a face mask during the visit.

While several states remain under stay-at-home orders, Trump's decision to hit the green appears to be his latest move in signaling his eagerness to return to normalcy.

Trump, who is a frequent golfer, took a break from the sport as he's been mostly confined to the White House during the pandemic.

His last game of golf was at his Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Florida, on March 8, according to Newsweek.

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At the beginning of May, Trump left the White House after a month of avoiding travel and social distancing, for the most part, to visit Camp David in Maryland, the unofficial "country residence" for sitting U.S. presidents.

Before his visit, he last left the White House on March 28 when he traveled to Norfolk, Virginia, to send off the USNS Comfort naval ship to New York City as the city's hospitals threatened to overflow due to an influx of novel coronavirus patients.

His outing on Saturday comes one day after Dr. Deborah Birx, a White House coronavirus task force coordinator, shared that the Washington, D.C., metro area — nearly 25 miles away from Trump's golf course — has the highest positive rate of coronavirus in the country, USA Today reported.

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However, Birx repeatedly noted that golf could be a potential activity so long as people are cautious.

"You can all make your decisions about going outside and social distancing, potentially playing golf if you're very careful and you don't touch the flags, and all of those issues," she said.

Days before his golf outing, Trump told reporters about his baseless promotion of hydroxychloroquine, an untested and potentially dangerous anti-malarial drug that he claimed to be taking as a preventative treatment for the coronavirus.

On Friday, Trump stuck to his no-mask sentiment — at least publicly — when he made a visit to Ypsilanti, Michigan, to tour a Ford Motor Company factory despite health officials recommending face coverings for everyone during the pandemic and various officials asking that he wear them.

As of May 23, nearly 100,000 people nationwide have been killed by the virus, according to available data.

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