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President Trump holds press conference at Bedminster golf club | USA TODAY


President Donald Trump said members of his Bedminster country club who were present at an official White House press conference were attending a “peaceful protest” Friday night when asked why they weren’t adhering to social distancing guidelines.


Before Trump took the podium, members of the White House pool press had reported that dozens of club members were standing close together in the room, and only a few were wearing masks.

After pool reporters tweeted that guests were not adhering to New Jersey COVID-19 regulations, members were given masks to wear by staffers. They had already been standing shoulder-to-shoulder for about half an hour.

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