Golf and politics have collided with the entrance of a President who owns numerous golf courses. In Donald Trump’s eight weeks of presidency, this will be his 11th excursion to the green.
During Trump’s campaign, as a plug against Obama, he promised his followers that he was going to put them first. “I’m going to be working for you,” Trump said last year at a Virginia rally. “I’m not going to have time to go play golf.”
Trump today made his 11th trip a Trump-owned golf course in 8 weeks as president.
Here are his previous tweets about presidents and golf: pic.twitter.com/bSINMTc4Mh
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) March 19, 2017
You can imagine his supporters dismay when the White House Press Corps reported that this Sunday, Donald Trump made his 11th trip to the golf course in eight weeks as president. This time making his way to Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach. For comparison, Obama didn’t play a round until the end of April 2009 when he was in office for the first time.
The White House told reporters that the president was at the Trump International Golf Club to take meetings and phone calls on Saturday. Then this photo emerged, with Trump posing with a couple of men at his course, clad with golf glove and his signature campaign hat.
— Christopher Ruddy (@ChrisRuddyNMX) March 18, 2017
This then prompted the White House to respond by saying that he wasn’t just having meetings at the club and that he “might have hit a few balls”. Why the secrecy? Are they ashamed of the POTUS for his golfing habits, as Trump used this to fire against Obama as him not taking his job seriously?
Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, is selling things to a new tune now that Trump is in office and not Obama. When asked how the two are different in a press conference, Spicer said that Trump is using it to help U.S. interests.
“Well, I think two things. One is I think you saw him utilize this as an opportunity with Prime Minister Abe to help foster deeper relationships in Southeast Asia — in Asia, rather, and have a growing relationship that’s going to help U.S. interests. How you use the game of golf is something that he’s talked about.”
“Secondly, he had a mini-Cabinet meeting two weekends ago down at his club in Virginia, and I remember so many people jumping to the conclusion that he’s going down and playing golf. Just because you go somewhere doesn’t necessarily mean you did it. So on a couple of occasions, he’s actually conducted meetings there, he’s actually had phone calls. So just because he heads there, it doesn’t mean that that’s what’s happening.”
Golfing presidents is not a new concept, but Donald Trump dug himself into a hole when he used that as a way to get votes. Whether he’s using the courses as meeting places or not, his hypercritical ways are not going unnoticed.
Dwight Eisenhower logged over 800 rounds and Woodrow Wilson played golf as many as 1,200 times in office.
Donald Trump is now on track to outpace Barack Obama’s eight year total of golf trips in just four. Now that it’s officially Spring, you can bet he’ll be heading out to the links even more, if that’s even possible.