Trump Played Golf at Least Six Times in First Month as President
Remember when Donald Trump criticized President Obama for playing too much golf?
“Can you believe that,” Trump tweeted in 2014, “with all of the problems and difficulties facing the U.S., President Obama spent the day playing golf?”
“I’m going to be working for you,” Trump said on the campaign trail last August. “I’m not going to have time to go play golf.”
Well, guess what everybody? The guy who wasn’t going to have time to play golf has played golf at least six times in his first month as President of the United States. Assuming he played each of those six rounds of golf on a different day, Trump has hit the links on 20% of his days in office.
Is that a lot for a President? I have no idea. Obama apparently played a lot of golf. But Presidents always have things they like to do to unwind. It’s a stressful job.
George W. Bush liked clearing brush at his Texas ranch. His dad, George H.W. Bush, like to go to Kennebunkport to do whatever old rich white dudes do in Kennebunkport. Bill Clinton liked to relax by…well, you know.
The point about Trump’s golfing habits is that he constantly attacked his predecessor for doing it.
Seriously. Take a look:
— POLITICO (@politico) February 21, 2017
According to both CNN and the New York Times—noted purveyors of “FAKE NEWS”—President Trump’s aides have been trying to obscure the extent of their boss’ golfing schedule. Their tactics have included sequestering members of the media in basements and parking lots where they cannot see what the President is actually doing on golf courses, as well as refusing to confirm whether the President is playing golf—even when he spends five hours on the course.
This past Sunday the President’s spokespeople said he played just “a few holes” with PGA superstar Rory McIlroy. However, when McIlroy later said the pair played 18 holes, Trump’s spokesperson said that they had previously misspoken. What they meant to say was that the President intended to just play a few holes, but then later decided to keep going.
Again, the point here is not that Trump is playing too much golf. I have no idea how much golf is too much golf for a President. The point is that the President said he wasn’t going to do something, and one month in he’s doing that thing all the time.
Make of that what you will.
Hat Tip – [Politico]