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  • President Donald Trump marked his 74th birthday at his Bedminster golf club in New Jersey
  • Protestors around the country blast Trump on his birthday
  • Trump has now spent 94 days of his presidency at Bedminster

President Donald Trump spent his 74th birthday Sunday at his Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in New Jersey amid new and rising anger over the shooting death of African-American Rayshard Brooks by a white police officer in Atlanta on June 12.

Protestors and those belonging to the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement greeted Trump's birthday with widespread rallies condemning Trump's continuing silence on the issues of police brutality and systemic racism fueling the George Floyd protests that entered its 19th day Sunday.

Trump left the White House for New Jersey on June 11 accompanied by his daughter and son-in-law, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, among others. On Friday, Trump dined with New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy at the golf club, NJ.com reported.

The next day, Trump gave a speech to graduates of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York where he had difficulty drinking a glass of water and descending a flight of stairs. The evening saw Trump at a fundraiser for his reelection committee and the national and state Republican parties.

Also on Saturday, some 100 demonstrators gathered at Trump's Bedminster golf club to protest the death of George Floyd on May 25. Trump's visit Sunday means he's now spent 94 days at Bedminster during his presidency. Trump's top choice among his properties is his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida where he's spent 133 days.

The small protest at Bedminster was dwarfed by Sunday's rallies in Washington D.C. and elsewhere protesting Trump's refusal to support the cause driving the nationwide protests. Some protestors have kept demanding Trump resign and leave the White House.

"If we want to end white supremacy, we must start by ousting the White Supremacist-in Chief from the White House," Carl Dix, an organizer of RefuseFascism.org, told USA Today. "On Trump’s birthday, let’s fill the streets & SAY GET OUT!! In D.C. and everywhere."

Protests took place in Washington, Atlanta, Boston, Cleveland, Chicago, Detroit Houston, San Francisco, Los Angeles and St. Paul.

In Washington D.C., protesters kicked over a mock birthday cake for Trump and bought him some baby-Trump balloons as a birthday present.

The most important event at Washington D.C. Sunday, however, was the gathering of thousands of people at the Black Lives Matter Plaza near the White House. The plaza was turned into a church Sunday morning with thousands praying, protesting, kneeling and dancing after marching from the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Observers noted this was one of the largest faith-based events in the 19 days of George Floyd protests. Sunday's event was also the first big public event organized by black clergy, said The Washington Post.

Online, the hashtag, "ObamaAppreciationDay," went viral on social media and made it to the top 10, displacing any mention of Trump down along with the pro-Trump "all birthdays matter" hashtag.

US President Donald Trump went on his first golfing trip US President Donald Trump went on his first golfing trip Photo: AFP / MANDEL NGAN