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Timothy L. O'Brien

The Infected President’s Ill-Advised Trip to Bedminster

One overlooked reason Trump was hellbent on visiting his prized golf course.

Bedminster bound.

Bedminster bound.

Photographer: MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images

Now that President Donald Trump is back in the White House and has declared himself largely recovered from Covid-19, it’s worth revisiting what he was doing around the time he was infected.

One big question remains: Why was he so determined to go to Trump National, his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf club on Thursday? He may not yet have tested positive for Covid-19 when he went, but he knew that morning he had been in contact with someone who was infected, senior aide Hope Hicks.