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President Donald Trump hosted a press conference at his golf club in New Jersey — filled with a number of falsehoods delivered to dozens in a non-socially-distanced crowd.
Trump addressed reporters and patrons in the ballroom of the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, on Friday in a wide-ranging press conference that touched upon the US coronavirus response.
At the start of the conference, few attendees were photographed wearing masks and were not socially distanced at the event — a direct violation of Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy’s announcement discouraging indoor gatherings filled with more than 25% of a room’s capacity and requiring individuals to wear a mask indoors.
Later on, a pool reporter said masks were distributed to attendees. A representative from the Trump Organization did not immediately return Business Insider’s inquiries on whether the Trump campaign or golf club had provided the masks to guests.
Towards the end of the press conference, a reporter asked Trump if he was concerned about the fact that thousands of Americans were dying from the virus and went on to talk about how the crowd had not been wearing masks and social distancing, which prompted the crowd to boo in response.
Trump defended the attendees at the press conference who weren’t wearing masks, saying that them not wearing was an act of a “peaceful protest,” as the individuals were seemingly in violation of Murphy’s new health guidelines.
“No, they don’t have to — this is political activity,” the president said. “You’re wrong at that because they have exceptions for political activity, and it’s also a peaceful protest. And to me, they look like they pretty much all have masks on, but you have an exclusion that talks about peaceful protests or political activity, right?”
The new health guidelines imposed by the New Jersey government did allow indoor gatherings of political activity to up to 100 people, though it does not mention whether individuals are exempt from social distancing and mask-wearing for that purpose.