legend additionally mentioned he thinks COVID-19 numbers are inflated. ‘I hate to mention that.’

When Vice President Mike Pence just lately requested Jack Nicklaus if he would publicly give a boost to President Donald Trump and his bid for re-election, the mythical golfer didn’t hesitate.

“I’m extremely joyful to do this,” Nicklaus, the North Palm Seaside resident, mentioned Friday, talking concerning the arguable submit for the primary time. “I mentioned, ‘You understand how I think about him. He’s been very supportive to the whole lot we’ve ever executed. He’s requested for not anything. If I will simply alone do this, I’d be at liberty to do it.’

“And I realize it was once going to purpose me some grief. So, that’s what I did.”

Opinion: Jack Nicklaus’ give a boost to of Donald Trump disappointing however no longer unexpected

Pence’s name got here as Trump, a part-time Palm Seaside resident, and previous Vice President Joe Biden are heading into Tuesday’s election. The race has grow to be contentious, and led to a political and social divide within the nation, which is why Nicklaus, the PGA Corridor of Famer, was once ready for the response from his six-paragraph remark posted on Twitter Thursday.

“I knew once I did that that I’d have sure share of the folks (who) aren’t Trump lovers and a definite % of the folks (who) are,” Nicklaus mentioned. “The feedback I’ve gotten, and Barbara (his spouse) has gotten, had been overwhelmingly supportive of what I did.

“After all, they’re more than likely folks which can be extra fascinated about Trump. I don’t know anyone fascinated about Biden.”

Nicklaus spoke prior to heading out on The Previous Route at Damaged Sound with Barbara to look at son, Gary, compete within the PGA Excursion Champions’ TimberTech Championship. His submit on Thursday discussed his rising friendship with Trump since he was once elected president in 2016.

In it, Nicklaus mentioned he has noticed “a unravel and a resolution to do the precise factor for our nation. He has delivered on his guarantees. He’s labored for the common particular person. Personally, he has been extra numerous than any President I’ve noticed and has attempted to lend a hand folks from all walks of reside – similarly.”

On Friday, Nicklaus added that he doesn’t know “whether or not anyone may have executed any other than what (Trump has) executed at the (coronavirus pandemic.) Has he stored thousands and thousands of lives or has he value us lives? No one goes to grasp that. Should you’re goal about it, no person is aware of that. I feel he’s executed the most efficient he can with the folks he’s had.”

COVID-19 instances proceed to climb in america, with greater than 88,500 new coronavirus instances, a document for someday. The greater than 234,000 deaths within the U.S. lead the arena. Nicklaus, despite the fact that, believes the numbers are inflated.

“I don’t suppose the deaths are a proper quantity,” he mentioned Friday. “I hate to mention that.”

Nicklaus instructed a tale about two folks he is aware of whose folks died from one thing instead of COVID and, in line with Nicklaus, they have been requested if the reason for demise may well be modified to COVID and declined.

“The medical institution will get more cash with COVID demise than they do every other demise,’ Nicklaus mentioned. “I’m certain there’s been a large number of that.

Jack and Barbara examined sure for COVID in March. Jack mentioned he skilled a sore throat and cough and Barbara was once asymptomatic. He mentioned he’s feeling tremendous.

“Positive I used to be involved,” Jack mentioned. “I took hydroxychloroquine. Long gone in two days.”

Nicklaus mentioned that he does no longer at all times consider what Trump says and his incessant tweeting and mentioned he has instructed Trump as a lot.

However … “You’re no longer balloting for a character, it’s no longer a character contest.”

“I feel he’s been nice,” Nicklaus added. “He calls me each and every now and again to peer how I feel he’s doing. I feel he is aware of I’m kind of a impartial sounding board for him and each and every as soon as in awhile I’ll say, ‘Do you actually want to tweet that?’ ”

President Donald Trump tweeted this picture after with native golfing legends Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 (Picture: Supplied picture)

The primary time the topic of Trump’s tweets got here up was once when Nicklaus and Trump have been in combination early in Trump’s presidency. Trump requested Jack: “How do you suppose I’m doing?”

Nicklaus mentioned, “I feel you’re doing nice, I feel your insurance policies are nice, I like what you’re doing. However … ‘why do you tweet such insignificant stuff? Why do you need to do this?’ ”

Trump mentioned to him, “No longer very presidential is it?” And Nicklaus spoke back, “No, and you’re the president.”

“I simply can’t lend a hand myself,” Trump instructed Nicklaus.

“However that’s him,” Nicklaus mentioned Friday. “That’s what he’s. He’s no longer a phony. He’s what he’s. He doesn’t disguise what he’s. Has he made some errors in existence? Positive, everyone makes some errors in existence. Do I feel his plusses outweigh the negatives? Completely.

“I’m very bullish on The united states and the American dream, however I simply suppose the opposite facet goes to get taken over in socialism. I don’t suppose we want socialism on this nation, it’s by no means labored anywhere else on the earth and we don’t want that right here.”

Nicklaus discussed how Trump has benefited youngsters’s hospitals, together with the Nicklaus Kids’s Health center in Miami.

“I wrote him a letter because it pertains to stand-alone youngsters’s hospitals and he wasn’t conscious it wasn’t within the CARES Act,” Nicklaus mentioned, regarding cash awarded during the 2020 Coronavirus Support, Reduction, and Financial Safety act. “So, he simply put his folks on it to test it out after which they determine how one can get cash.

“I talked to him about the entire youngsters’s miracles hospitals and he’s been very supportive. He doesn’t flip round and provide you with cash. He turns round and offers it to the right kind particular person, allow them to cross to the right kind channels as a result of he doesn’t wish to do one thing no person else would do.”

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