By Sally Fahey

President Donald Trump really wants sports to come back from its pandemic pause.

He called into a broadcast of yesterday’s PGA Tour’s first live event since early-March:

“We want big, big stadiums loaded with people,” Trump told NBC’s Mike Tirico. “We want to get back to normal, where you have the big crowds and they’re practically standing on top of each other, and they’re enjoying themselves.”

In recent weeks, Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, has cautioned major sports leagues — including the NFL and NBA — that they may have to cancel their upcoming seasons if proper infection management procedures can’t be implemented to ensure player and spectator safety.

“If we let our desire to prematurely get back to normal, we can only get ourselves right back in the same hole we were in a few weeks ago,” Fauci told The New York Times. “But as a health official and a physician and a scientist, I have to say, right now, when you look at the country, we’re not ready for that yet.”

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