President Trump canceled his weekend trip to his golf club on Friday, just hours before he was to depart aboard Air Force One, This is the second time Trump has called off a planned trip to Bedminster golf club at the last minute this month. He also canceled a weekend visit on June 5.
Since becoming president, Trump has spent many weekends in Bedminster during the warmer months and at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, during the colder months.
He said that he wanted to “make sure law and order is enforced” in the nation’s capital.”
President Trump tweeted today:
“The arsonists, anarchists, looters, and agitators have been largely stopped, I am doing what is necessary to keep our communities safe — and these people will be brought to Justice!”
The White House did not give any reason for the cancellation, which was announced in an updated schedule.
But spokesman Judd Deere said the decision had “nothing to do” with Gov. Phil Murphy’s decision to quarantine visitors arriving in the Garden State from COVID 19 hot spots.
Gov. Phil Murphy joined Govs. Andrew Cuomo of New York and Ned Lamont of Connecticut on Wednesday in requiring from nine other states to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. The list included Arizona, where Trump held a campaign rally on Tuesday.
…I am doing what is necessary to keep our communities safe — and these people will be brought to Justice!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2020
Deere earlier said the order would not apply to Trump, who regularly is tested for COVID 19 with his aides and anyone else in close proximity.
“The president of the United States is not a civilian… With regard to Arizona, the White House followed its COVID 19 mitigation plan to ensure the president did not come into contact with anyone who was symptomatic or had not been tested.”
Murphy agreed that Trump was not included in his order. The governor said on CNN earlier:
“There is a carve out for essential workers and I think by any definition the president of the United States is an essential worker,… And I know the folks get tested around him all the time.”
At his daily COVID 19 briefing Friday, the governor Murphy repeated his earlier assertion and said he did not know why Trump canceled the trip.
By Alex Ammohostianos