Trump red-faced after admitting he’s ‘too busy’ to throw first pitch at baseball game

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Mr Trump will be the first modern president to not take part in the tradition, which has been in place since 1910. He was scheduled to take part in the opening game on August 15, and is now the first president since Jimmy Carter to skip the ceremonial event. The US President has been strongly criticised for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, and recently said that it will “get worse before it gets better.”

Mr Trump has said on Twitter that his “strong focus” on handling the country’s coronavirus pandemic and the economy is the reason behind the baseball snub.

He also claimed he had “scheduled meetings on vaccines, the economy and much else”

But he also added that “we will make it later in the season!”

Despite his commitment to the virus response, the president spent part of his Sunday greeting supporters at his New Jersey golf club without a mask.

His deferral came just days after he agreed to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Yankee Stadium.

At a White House press briefing, Mr Trump claimed that New York Yankees president Randy Levine’s made the offer.

He said he asked Mr Levine about “how’s the crowd going to be?”

Mr Trump added: “You don’t have a crowd, there’s no such thing.”

The baseball snub follows Dr Anthony Fauci, one of Mr Trump’s key advisors on the coronavirus task force, throwing the opening pitch for the Major League Baseball season at Nationals Park.

Dr Fauci threw an embarrassingly wide shot, going well wide of the strike zone.

He joked to the Washington Post that his opening pitch “went in the wrong direction”.

Dr Fauci was awarded the honour of opening the MLB season by the Washington Nationals, who praised him for being a “true champion for our country during the COVID-19 pandemic and throughout his distinguished career”.


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Mr Trump’s scheduled appearance at the August Yankees game drew backlash from New York officials.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, tweeted on Saturday about Mr Trump’s scheduled appearance, and said: “After CONDEMNING racism, the next step isn’t inviting it to your pitcher’s mound.”

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz added: “We all deserve better than a careless major league baseball organisation that consistently ignores the surrounding community while pandering to an unapologetic white supremacist like Donald Trump.”

Last year, Mr Trump was rumoured to throw the first pitch at the World Series game, which he strongly rejected.

He claimed he would have to wear “a lot of heavy armour” to make the pitch at the game.

He added: “I’ll look too heavy. I don’t like that.”

As of July 27, the US has seen 4,229,624 cases and 146,909 deaths from the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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