Donald Trump skipped a G20 coronavirus meeting to play golf.
The outgoing POTUS joined other world leaders for the summit via video-link from The White House yesterday (Saturday); however, shortly after opening remarks began at 8am, he began tweeting about his continuing efforts to overturn the result of the election.
By 10am, he was on his way to the golf course, according to CNN, meaning he missed a 'Pandemic Preparedness' meeting.
The meeting featured remarks from French president, Emmanuel Macron, and the South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, and was focused on the 'coordinated response to the coronavirus pandemic and improved global pandemic preparedness'.
The Fake News is not talking about the fact that "Covid" is running wild all over the World, not just in the U.S. I was at the Virtual G-20 meeting early this morning and the biggest subject was Covid. We will be healing fast, especially with our vaccines!
- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 21, 2020
However, Trump made it clear that he did not consider this a final farewell before heading off to play golf.
According to audio obtained by the Observer, Trump said: "It's been a great honour to work with you, and I look forward to working with you again for a long time."
Trump repeatedly criticised his predecessor Barack Obama for playing golf during his administration:
President Obama has a major meeting on the N.Y.C. Ebola outbreak, with people flying in from all over the country, but decided to play golf!
- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 24, 2014
"@gretawire: PresObama is not busy talking to Congress about Syria..he is playing golf ...go figure"
- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 8, 2013
@BarackObama played golf yesterday. Now he heads to a 10 day vacation in Martha's Vineyard. Nice work ethic.
- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 15, 2011
However, according to CBS News' White House correspondent Mark Knoller, Trump has played golf 298 times during his presidency.
By contrast, Obama played golf 113 times during his first term, according to The Loop.
After attending session of virtual G20 Summit in Saudi Arabia, Pres Trump has arrived at his Virginia golf club. 3rd weekend in a row. 5th time since Election Day. 101st visit to his Virginia club. 61° and cloudy as of 10AM.- Mark Knoller (@markknoller) November 21, 2020
Meanwhile, the USA recorded a record number of daily Covid-19 cases on Saturday, with 195,500 reported in a 24-hour period, according to John Hopkins.
The country's coronavirus death toll stands at 255,900.
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