Donald Trump has spent 1/5 of his presidency at golf clubs — Surprise

Lawrence Kim
July 5, 2017

Recent actions by President Donald #trump showed he pales in comparison to his predecessor, Barack Obama, in at least two areas. In a 2014 tweet, he lamented that "with all of the problems and difficulties facing the U.S., President Obama spent the day playing golf", and later alleged on the campaign trail that "Obama plays more golf than professional players in the PGA tour".

Donald Trump continued his Fourth of July weekend visit to his Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., marking Monday, July 3, the 35th time the 45th President has visited one of his 17 golf clubs (and presumably played some golf) since becoming President on January 20, 2017.

Trump has spent 35 days at golf clubs since he became president, according to NBC News. Vox calculated the time he spent on the greens and estimated it is about 21 percent of the time he has been in office.

Trump has so far broken that promise to the American people.

As a candidate, Trump said that he wouldn't play golf if elected president.

In March, he met Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Mar-a-Lago and they played 18 holes.

The President is certainly entitled to some leisure time, and golf has been an outlet for most Commanders-in-Chief dating back to the early 20th century. For the same period in his first year of the presidency, Obama played only five times.

In fact, Trump has visited golf clubs at a greater rate than Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. The White House does not always confirm with White House pool reporters if President Trump himself has played a round or more of golf when visiting the golf clubs, as noted by Johnson's pool report. He played the sport both for relaxation and to build political alliances. "You can't fly to Hawaii to play golf".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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