According to reports, President Donald Trump has cancelled his plan to throw the 1st pitch at the Yankee Stadium on August 15. Trump claims he is too busy with the “china virus” crisis in the country. The Republican stated in a tweet on Sunday, July 26: “Because of my strong focus on the China Virus, including scheduled meetings on Vaccines, our economy and much else, I won’t be able to be in New York to throw out the opening pitch for the @Yankees on August 15th.” Also Read– Donald Trump’s new 100-day strategy
Despite the cancellation, Trump vowed to make an appearance at the baseball field saying: “We will make it later in the season!” The president’s handling of the coronavirus has been under heavy criticism including his offensive nickname for the virus. He spent his Sunday evening greeting over 50 supporters who had gathered near his golf club in New Jersey, all of them were without masks.
Supporters and fans praised President Trump last week for accepting the Yankee’s invitation to throw the ceremonial first pitch after refusing for the past three years. The honour to throw the first pitch is generally given to US presidents. Every president since William Howard Taft in 1910 has thrown their own pitch. Trump is the first president to turn down the tradition.
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According to a report last week, Trump planned to throw the first pitch at a Yankees game despite the baseball players kneeling on Opening Day game in Washington DC. In an earlier tweet, the president said if he witnessed a player kneeling it would be “game over” for him.