Trump shakes hands with golf buddies as he ditches mask while putting, Twitter blasts him: 'Such a Covidiot'
President Donald Trump has been slammed on social media for not following the safety guidelines prescribed by CDC as he went by shaking hands with his companions while playing golf for the first time amid the coronavirus lockdown.
Trump was spotted leaving the White House on May 23 with no mask while heading to the Trump National Golf Club in Virginia. His last visit to one of his golf courses was on March 6 when he hosted many Brazilian officials. One of the officials had also tested positive for coronavirus post the trip. Many social media users took to Twitter to slam Trump for his relaxed attitude towards the necessary social distancing guidelines.
One such user shared, "Why is he so sure he won’t get it? Does he know something we don’t?" A second user added, "I've got to say.... it's truly a COVIDIOT thing to do. Of course, most are white males and he is the leader of the pack."
A third commented, "It’s like a huge f—k you to every American trying to stay safe, wearing masks and social distancing. To protect themselves and their families and those around them. I’m voting for @JoeBiden."
"Virus will find it's rightful host...," wrote a fourth. Many social media users were also upset that he was casually playing golf as coronavirus numbers hit 1,622,670 with around 97,087 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.
One user shared, "100,000 deaths and your priority is to golf and stuff your pockets with taxpayer monies." Another chimed in, "@realDonaldTrump killed 100,000 people. Isn't he going to respond to that? I guess not, he's busy cheating at golf and driving the country into a ditch."
"@realDonaldTrump only cares about WINNING the next election. He doesn't care if another 100k of his OWN supporters die of COVID19! Message to all Trump Supporters - @realDonaldTrump will go home after golf to best team advising/protecting him from catching COVID19..you will not!" wrote a user.
The government's coronavirus expert Dr Deborah Birx recently stressed upon the importance of practicing social distancing. During a press conference, Birx told reporters, "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."
"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," she added.
Meanwhile, POTUS Trump was seen playing golf with three others and drove a golf cart alone around the course.
We had previously reported that Trump announced on Friday, May 22, that new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control will classify all houses of worship as "essential" and called for governors of various states to open them up "right now."
So far, all places of worship such as churches, synagogues, and mosques across the country have been shut for close to two months after stay-at-home orders. In a short briefing at the White House, the president announced the new policy for churches, synagogues, and mosques, and promised to intervene if governors did not order for these places of worship to open once again. "It’s not right," he said of them being shuttered. "I’m calling houses of worship essential."