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 he’s scheduled to hold his press conference – a number drinking wine. btw here’s the NJ regulations for golf courses https://t.co/Ybq5deiojA pic.twitter.com/XFXUr3GVQK
— Justin Sink (@justinsink) August 7, 2020
Pictures from the scene:
A perk of membership. https://t.co/kEf8SX6qjK
— S.V. Dáte (@svdate) August 7, 2020
A Secret Service agent subsequently went around offering these people masks. But it seems as though the President's golf club is not enforcing New Jersey's mask mandate. https://t.co/3GSibrdaUv
— Jeremy Diamond (@JDiamond1) August 7, 2020
being one of the president's paying customers has perks https://t.co/23NehASP1B
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 7, 2020
Pool is holding for POTUS presser and we have an audience. pic.twitter.com/hXVKaS4aGZ
— Emily Goodin (@Emilylgoodin) August 7, 2020
Golf club guests largely not wearing masks or social distancing https://t.co/P9mmMci6WY
— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) August 7, 2020
Awaiting @POTUS presser in Bedminster. Many members of his club are here not social distancing and not wearing masks.
A club official just told the crowd to “spread out a little bit” because “the tweets are going out” about their noncompliance with NJ regulations pic.twitter.com/bzyLVwqS0u
— Toluse Olorunnipa (@ToluseO) August 7, 2020
In New Jersey, "all individuals shall continue to wear face coverings in indoor spaces that are accessible to
members of the public" https://t.co/1Uf2eHMN4R
— Niels Lesniewski (@nielslesniewski) August 7, 2020
Obviously a presidential news conference would not normally include a live audience. The president’s paying club members get this unsual access. In era of no rallies due to covid notably few are wearing masks or distancing. Only today’s pool is there for media. https://t.co/y8G2Wcc5iC
— Kelly O'Donnell (@KellyO) August 7, 2020
.@joyannreid: "Did you just say members of (Trump's) country club … are assembling to play the audience so he can have a cheering audience for this press conference?"@JonLemire: "Joy, that is what it appears."#TheReidOut pic.twitter.com/JxRxuQt9RA
— The ReidOut (@thereidout) August 7, 2020
I will be doing a news conference on the ChinaVirus, the just announced very good economic numbers, and the improving economy, at 7pm from Bedminster, New Jersey. Also, the subject of the Beirut, Lebanon catastrophe will be discussed.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 7, 2020