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Trump hits Biden and Obama in defense of his golfing

President TrumpDonald John TrumpPennsylvania Supreme Court strikes down GOP bid to stop election certification Biden looks to career officials to restore trust, morale in government agencies Sunday shows preview: US health officials brace for post-holiday COVID-19 surge MORE on Monday resumed his attacks aimed at former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenPennsylvania Supreme Court strikes down GOP bid to stop election certification Biden looks to career officials to restore trust, morale in government agencies Biden transition adds new members to coronavirus task force 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 SessionsAlabama zeroes in on Richard Shelby's future Tuberville incorrectly says Gore was president-elect in 2000 Next attorney general must embrace marijuana law reforms MORE and "Morning Joe" co-host Joe ScarboroughCharles (Joe) Joseph ScarboroughScarborough says he'll never return to Republican Party after GOP supported Trump Fox News wins ratings week, while MSNBC touts daytime figures Scarborough: Putin more likely to take tough question than Trump 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 FauciSunday shows preview: US health officials brace for post-holiday COVID-19 surge US COVID-19 cases reach past 13 million Fauci: Pandemic likely won't improve by Christmas, New Year's 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.