The leader of the free world will be holding a rare, Friday evening news conference while vacationing at his private, members-only golf course in New Jersey.
The president arrived at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster on Thursday evening and spent Friday there while White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and Treasury Secretary Steve Munchin "did not make any progress" during the negotiations.
CNN chief White House correspondent Jake Tapper reported, "Trump expected to talk about collapse of coronavirus relief talks, we are told."
According to the White House pool report, Trump will be speaking from a ballroom.
"Right now from my vantage point - dozens and dozens of club members, in golf gear and some holding wine glasses - have filed into the ballroom. Only a handful of the dozens of club members were seen wearing masks, and their temperatures were being taken as they went into the ballroom. It’s unclear if the club members will be present for the news conference with the President," the pool report read.
The mask-less members at the club may be violating New Jersey regulations, as was reported by Bloomberg White House correspondent Justin Sink.
there’s currently dozens of unmasked bedminster patrons the president has invited to the bedminster ballroom where… https://t.co/ntLsCyoMaf— Justin Sink (@Justin Sink) 1596841544.0
Pictures from the scene:
A perk of membership. https://t.co/kEf8SX6qjK— S.V. Dáte (@S.V. Dáte) 1596842417.0
A Secret Service agent subsequently went around offering these people masks. But it seems as though the President's… https://t.co/uSDfvgd1R8— Jeremy Diamond (@Jeremy Diamond) 1596842873.0
being one of the president's paying customers has perks https://t.co/23NehASP1B— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar) 1596842391.0
Pool is holding for POTUS presser and we have an audience. https://t.co/hXVKaS4aGZ— Emily Goodin (@Emily Goodin) 1596842136.0
Golf club guests largely not wearing masks or social distancing https://t.co/P9mmMci6WY— Jennifer Epstein (@Jennifer Epstein) 1596842682.0
Awaiting @POTUS presser in Bedminster. Many members of his club are here not social distancing and not wearing mask… https://t.co/9Ro7po6kLn— Toluse Olorunnipa (@Toluse Olorunnipa) 1596842427.0
In New Jersey, "all individuals shall continue to wear face coverings in indoor spaces that are accessible to membe… https://t.co/nPGeiBSXMa— Niels Lesniewski (@Niels Lesniewski) 1596842767.0
Obviously a presidential news conference would not normally include a live audience. The president’s paying club me… https://t.co/ZtbU6uainX— Kelly O'Donnell (@Kelly O'Donnell) 1596842640.0
.@joyannreid: "Did you just say members of (Trump's) country club ... are assembling to play the audience so he can… https://t.co/BGFJ6odX0B— The ReidOut (@The ReidOut) 1596841885.0
I will be doing a news conference on the ChinaVirus, the just announced very good economic numbers, and the improvi… https://t.co/2n5jMpNHWZ— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1596839571.0