Trump hits Biden and Obama in defense of his golfing

President TrumpDonald John Trump Trump responds to calls to tear down monuments with creation of 'National Garden' of statues Trump: Children are taught in school to 'hate their own country' Trump accuses those tearing down statues of wanting to 'overthrow the American Revolution' MORE on Monday resumed his attacks aimed at former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenCan Republicans handle the aftermath of Donald Trump? Biden seeks to supplant Trump in Georgia Trump's Mount Rushmore stunt will backfire MORE and former President Obama, a day after Biden slammed him on Twitter for golfing as the coronavirus pandemic rages across America.

Trump tweeted Monday morning that the mainstream news media covered his Virginia golf club trip this weekend like it was a "mortal sin" while ignoring what he said were his opponent's shortcomings: "Sleepy Joe’s poor work ethic, or all of the time Obama spent on the golf course."

"They are sick with hatred and dishonesty. They are truly deranged! They don’t mention Sleepy Joe’s poor work ethic, or all of the time Obama spent on the golf course, often flying to Hawaii in a big, fully loaded 747, to play. What did that do to the so-called Carbon Footprint?" Trump said in a series of tweets.

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"He also played moments after the brutal killing by ISIS of a wonderful young man. Totally inappropriate - and it was me who shattered 100% of the ISIS Caliphate. I was left a MESS!" he added, pivoting to a frequent line of attack against the Obama administration's strategy against the Islamic State.

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Trump's tweets come a day after Biden directly attacked him for tweeting through the crisis from his Virginia golf course, an escalation of the criticism Biden has leveled against the president for weeks over his handling of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Biden's criticism Saturday came as Trump himself went on the attack against a range of targets via Twitter, including former Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsSupreme Court blocks order that relaxed voting restrictions in Alabama Justice Dept. considering replacing outgoing US attorney in Brooklyn with Barr deputy: report Tuberville campaign bus catches fire in Alabama MORE and "Morning Joe" co-host Joe ScarboroughCharles (Joe) Joseph ScarboroughThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump lays low as approval hits 18-month low Cheney clashes with Trump Trump dings CNN, 'Morning Joe' ratings as Tucker Carlson sets record MORE.

"The presidency is about a lot more than tweeting from your golf cart. It requires taking on the ultimate responsibility for the biggest decisions in the world. Donald Trump simply wasn’t prepared for that. I promise you I will be," he wrote.

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Trump had previously responded to the attack Sunday evening, writing that it was the first time he had hit the golf course in months.

The Trump campaign also attacked Biden over the tweets in a statement claiming that Trump was following advice from Anthony FauciAnthony FauciWhite House looks to make 'we need to live with it' the new tone on coronavirus: report Rand Paul's exchange with Fauci was exactly what America needed Ex-CIA director Panetta: Trump has 'essentially gone AWOL' amid pandemic MORE, a member of the White House coronavirus task force, who urged Americans to spend Memorial Day weekend outdoors last week.

"Dr. Fauci expressly said that Americans should get outdoors this weekend and specifically mentioned golf as a good activity. Biden should take that advice and get out of his basement," spokesman Tim Murtaugh said.