President Trump defended a gathering of members of his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf club as a “peaceful protest” against the media.
“To me they pretty much look like they all have, pretty much all have masks on,” Trump said, who said the Friday gathering was not in violation of Garden State social distancing regulations.
“You know you have an exclusion in the law. It says peaceful protest or political activity, right?” he added.
“I call it peaceful protest because they heard you were coming up and they know the news is fake, they know it better than anybody,” Trump continued.
The jeer from Trump was prompted after a reporter called out the president for claiming the COVID-19 pandemic was “disappearing,” even as 6,000 Americans died of the virus this week.
The question prompted a round of boos from the Trump-friendly audience.
“If the press in this country were honest and wasn’t corrupt and fake our country would be so much further ahead,” Trump said.
So far, the US has reported more than 5 million cases of coronavirus, with more than 164,000 deaths.