President Donald Trump promised to be unlike his predecessor and not play golf in 2016, he continues to violate that promise as he issues insensitive statements regarding the spreading coronavirus, according to the International Business Times.
On Friday, Trump visited the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Georgia as a stopover on his way to Mar-a-Lago, where he played golf Saturday and Sunday while the COVID-19 crisis grew.
Trump said he opposed a plan by doctors and medical experts to evacuate passengers from the cruise ship Grand Princess, which has confirmed coronavirus infections among passengers and crew, and allow them to disembark in California.
“They would like to have the people come off,” Trump said, referring to the experts. “I’d rather have the people stay, but I’d go with them (the task force). I told them to make the final decision. I would rather -- because I like the numbers being where they are. I don’t need to have the numbers double because of one ship.”
The available data showed 129 COVID-19 cases in the U.S. when Trump made his remarks on Friday. By late Sunday evening, confirmed cases in the U.S. increased to 547; while only 21 are from the Grand Princess.
As Trump whacked balls at Mar-a-Lago on Saturday, 26 U.S. states and the District of Columbia reported confirmed cases of coronavirus. Kansas, Missouri, Mayland, Virginia, and Washington D.C. confirmed their first cases. Two more people died from the disease in Washington State. New York declared a state of emergency.
The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 hit 19 on Sunday while Trump continued to golf. New York State announced 16 new cases, bringing the state’s total to 105.
GNN, which tracks Trump’s golf outings, listed interested golf stats related to how Trump spends taxpayer money:
“He’s visited a golf course every 5 days (4.6 days to be exact) of his presidency; He’s spent 123 days at Mar-a-Lago, costing taxpayers $58.3 million; He’s spend 75 days at Bedminster, costing taxpayers $18.4 million; At this pace, Trump would have visited a golf course 315 times in his four years as president; In contrast, Obama only played golf 306 times during his eight years as president.”