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#Trump cancels weekend trip to golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey

#Trump cancels weekend trip to golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey

June 26, 2020 | 12:35pm | Updated June 26, 2020 | 12:57pm

The White House announced Friday that President Trump had cancelled a planned weekend trip to his golf club in New Jersey.

“UPDATE: The President will no longer be traveling to Bedminster, NJ,” the White House said in a statement, without elaboration.

The president had planned the weekend getaway for himself and first lady Melania Trump, who last visited the club for a fundraiser earlier this month.

The administration said earlier this week that Trump still planned to make the trip despite a new order by Gov. Phil Murphy mandating that visitors who have been in states with high numbers of coronavirus cases quarantine for 14 days.

Trump spokesman Judd Deere said the president was exempt from the rule because he was “not a civilian.” Murphy also said the rule would not apply to the president because it exempts essential workers.

And Deere said the trip’s cancellation “had nothing to do with that” quarantine order.

“Anyone who is in close proximity to him, including staff, guests, and press are tested for COVID-19 and confirmed to be negative,” Deere said at that time.

“With regard to Arizona, the White House followed it’s COVID mitigation plan to ensure the President did not come into contact with anyone who was symptomatic or had not been tested,” Deere added. Anyone traveling in support of the president this weekend will be closely monitored for symptoms and tested for COVID.”

Trump had been scheduled to take Air Force One on Friday afternoon to the airport in Morristown, New Jersey, and spend the weekend.

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