Rory McIlroy has slammed President Donald Trump for lacking diplomacy and for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. McIlroy thinks the US President has made the pandemic political and like a ‘campaign rally’ as he aims to be reelected before the end of the year.
McIlroy was criticised for teeing up with Trump before he became President, but admits he wouldn’t do so again.
“We’re in the midst of something that’s pretty serious right now,” McIlroy told the McKellar Golf Podcast.
“He’s trying to politicise it and make it a campaign rally, saying that [the US] administers the most tests in the world like it’s a contest.
“It’s just not the way a leader should act and there is a bit of diplomacy that you need to show, and I just don’t think he’s shown that, especially in these times.”
The current world No 1 played with Trump in 2017 and admitted he learnt a lesson over the volatile reaction.
And while saying he enjoyed his company on the day, he stressed he would avoid any opportunities in the future.
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Rory McIlroy has slammed Donald Trump for his behaviour during the coronavirus pandemic
Rory McIlroy talking to Donald Trump in March 2016
Rory McIlroy was critical of the way Donald Trump has acted during the coronavirus pandemic
“I don’t know if he’d want to play with me again after what I just said,” he added.
“I know it’s very self-serving of me to say ‘no’ and, if I don’t, then it means then I’m not putting myself in position to be put under scrutiny and that I’m avoiding that. But I probably wouldn’t, no.
“The day that I did spend with him and others was very enjoyable. He is very charismatic and was nice to everyone. He obviously has something, or he wouldn’t be in the White House.
“That doesn’t mean I agree with everything – or, in fact, anything – that he says.”
America has lost 86,000 people to he virus so far and is now the worst-hit country in the world.
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McIlroy is playing a skins event this Sunday to help raise money for charities helping to battle the virus.
The TaylorMade Driving Relief pits McIlroy alongside Dustin Johnson and they take on Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff at the Seminole Club.
The match has already raised $ 4m before it begins with the hope more can be raised as they play.
“For us to go out and play a golf match, it’s awesome that we can do that, bring some entertainment to quite a few people but also to help in some way,” McIlroy told the PGA Tour website.
“What we’re doing is a great thing, it’s a very small piece of all this but I’m just happy to be able to help in some way and bring some joy to people, I guess, when they haven’t had anything to really look forward to for a couple of months.”