Trump Says Return of Sports Essential for Country’s ‘Psyche’
Donald Trump said that the return of professional sports was essential for the “psyche of our country” as it rebounds from the coronavirus pandemic.
The president promised robust virus testing for athletes and spectators as he called into the broadcast of a charity golf event on Sunday.
“The athletes will be tested very carefully,” Trump said during the skins game, which saw PGA professionals Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler, and Matthew Wolff tee off, and maintain social distance, to benefit front-line health care workers. “And the people who want to go will be tested very carefully.”
Trump said he’s been in regular contact with sports commissioners, but signaled some impatience with early plans that would see games resume with few or no in-person spectators — as will be the case with the PGA Tour resumes in June.
The president has openly bristled in recent days as public health officials on his coronavirus task force have warned that too opening the country back too quickly could result in case spikes.
“We want big stadiums loaded with people,” Trump said. “We don’t want 15,000 people watching Alabama-LSU.”
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