PALM BEACH, Fl. – A Belarusian man who serves as a body double for U.S. President Donald J. Trump is recovering in a Florida hospital after he was struck in the forehead by a rogue golf ball at Trump International Golf Club last weekend, Breitbart News reported on Tuesday.
Hospital staff at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach told the Associated Press that Andrey Volesky, a sixty-eight year-old Belarusian national, was brought to the ER by Secret Service agents Sunday afternoon. “Mr. Volesky sustained a moderate head injury as a result of being struck by the ball,” a hospital employee familiar with the situation told Real News Right Now, adding that President Trump’s body double is expected to make a full recovery.
Andrey Volesky, who bears a striking resemblance to the suavely handsome and prolific actor Alec Baldwin, told The Palm Beach Post that he was approached by officials from Trump’s transition team in November of 2016. “They met with me in my home in Minsk and told me that I am to serve Mr. Trump in this manner,” Mr. Volesky told The Post, later adding that he was promised his sons would be granted U.S. citizenship as compensation for his work.
A senior White House official who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press said Mr. Volesky spends the vast majority of his time working to improve his golf game in an effort to mimic the skill set of the 45th President of the United States. “Being a body double isn’t all about looks, it’s about being able to act the part,” the official said. “The President spends a great deal of time on the golf course and it is paramount that his stand-ins are able to emulate him where it counts.”
Mr. Volesky was reportedly struck by the stray ball while preparing to tee off at eleventh hole on Sunday. A spokesperson for the Trump International Golf Club in Palm Beach said the offending golfer, who was briefly detained and questioned by the Secret Service, has been banned from the club for life.