President Trump dismissed claims on Friday night that members of his New Jersey golf club who attended his press conference were not following state guidelines on coronaviruses.
During question and answer period at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster, Washington Post reporter Toluse Olorunnipa took issue with Trump’s claim that the virus is “going away.”
“We lost 6,000 Americans this week,” Olorunnipa told the president. “And right in this room you have dozens of people who don’t follow the New Jersey guidelines, who say you shouldn’t have more than …”
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“No, it’s political activity,” Trump replied as the crowd booed the reporter. “You are wrong because it is a political activity. They have exceptions… and it is also a peaceful protest. ”
This sparked laughter and cheers among the club members. Critics of the nationwide lockouts and stay-at-home orders have accused elected officials of hypocrisy for authorizing large protests in recent weeks.
“And to me, it looks like they all – pretty much all have their masks on,” Trump continued. “You know, you have an exclusion in the law that says peaceful protest or political activity, don’t you? In fact, specifically, yes, it exactly says political activity or peaceful protest. And you can call it political activity, but I call it peaceful protest because they heard you coming and they know the news is fake. They understand her better than anyone. ”
After another round of cheering, Trump continued to criticize the press, pointing to a reporter who had questioned him about Russia’s alleged efforts to “denigrate” alleged Democratic candidate Joe Biden without taking note of China’s hopes. and Iran for a victory for Biden.
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“If the press in this country was honest, if it was not corrupt, if it was not false, our country would be so much further advanced,” said the president. “But we are doing really great,”
The president then ended the press conference.
Charlie Creitz of Fox News contributed to this report