Trump heads to golf course, says will attend space launch

Trump heads to golf course, says will attend space launch

Trump heads to golf course, says will attend space launch WASHINGTON - Donald Trump on Saturday underlined his push for a return to normal life in the US by making his first visit to a golf course in two months and confirming he would attend a space launch next week. Trump took a 35-minute drive from the White House to the Trump National club in Sterling, Virginia, in reportedly his first visit to a golf property since March 8. It was not confirmed whether the president would play golf, but he was a regular weekend player before the coronavirus lockdown. The White House on Saturday also confirmed the president would attend the May 27 launch in Florida of two astronauts on a SpaceX mission -- the first crewed space flight from US soil in nine years. "Our destiny, beyond the Earth, is not only a matter of national identity, but a matter of national security," Trump said in a statement. Astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley are scheduled to blast off from Kennedy Space Center at 4:33 pm (2033 GMT) on Wednesday for the International Space Station, arriving the next day. The mission is seen as a crucial step towards ending American dependence on Russian rockets. Asked about going ahead with the mission in the midst of the pandemic, Behnken told reporters: "Where there's a will, there's a way." Behnken and Hurley have been in strict quarantine since May 13, but they said their actual isolation began as far back as mid-March. Hurley said ...
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