President Trump abruptly ended plans to travel to his golf club New Jersey on Friday without providing an official explanation.
The Hill reported Friday morning that “Trump was scheduled to depart the White House for his Bedminster property later Friday and return to Washington, D.C., on Sunday. But the president abruptly scrapped the trip without public explanation.”
After months of lockdowns and severely limited travel, Trump appears to be eager to hit the road again, most recently traveling to Arizona for a visit to the under-construction border wall, and to speak to a group of young supporters at the Dream City megachurch.
However, almost two months after the U.S. has entered reopening mode, coronavirus cases in several states have skyrocketed this week, causing state and federal leaders to jump back into crisis mode.
Some states have rolled back reopening measures, with Texas and Florida announcing on Friday that bars statewide must close down again, only weeks after being allowed to reopen. The governors of New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut also announced on Thursday that visitors from states with rising COVID-19 cases must submit to a 14-day quarantine.
A White House spokesperson denied that the cancellation of Trump’s plans was related to newly mandated quarantines in New Jersey. Washington D.C. leaders confirmed on Thursday that COVID-19 cases in the city are still trending down, but warned residents to maintain caution.
Vice President Mike Pence is reportedly planning to hold a White House coronavirus task force briefing for the first time in two months on Friday afternoon as the White House scrambles to grapple with the resurgence of the virus in some areas.