Before becoming president Donald Trump had repeatedly criticized former president Barack Obama of playing golf too much instead of running the country.
For the record – since Trump was inaugurated on January 20th, Trump has been on a golf course one of every six days he’s been in office. That’s every single weekend he flies down to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach county. That has to be a record for any president.
A reporter asked Trump’s Press Secretary Sean Spicer how he could possibly explain this – especially since Trump stated he wouldn’t “have time to go play golf” while on the campaign trail.
“In his first eight weeks in office, President Trump has made at least 10 trips to the golf course,” Yahoo’s Hunter Walker said to press secretary Sean Spicer. “He regularly used to criticize President Obama for spending time on the course. How is his golf game any different?”
Spicer tried to downplay this question by saying Trump was meeting with foreign dignitaries, including on one such occasion Prime Minister Abe. He even said, “how you use the game of golf is something that he’s talked about.”
How is this different than President Obama, though? Obama didn’t use the game of golf every weekend to do his job. That’s another way to put it. And – it’s a fair question.
“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,” Spicer continued. “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.”
Walker wasn’t buying the answer.
“I know he did meet Prime Minister Abe on the course,” Walker followed up. “But we’re not getting a lot of details on other high-level meetings that are taking place. If he is having these productive meetings on the course, why isn’t the president and his aides being a little more forthcoming about what he’s doing?”
He has a point there. The White House did try to hide the fact that Trump has been golfing. On one such occasion, a White House press aide wouldn’t say if Trump was playing golf or not – but then a photo was leaked of him out on the golf course. To that the aide could only respond: he may have “hit a few balls.”
The press pool even reported on this latest weekend outing that Trump left the golf course after 4 and a half hours. Turns out, it typically takes only four hours to complete an entire round of golf. Just a coincidence, right?
Spicer is going to have a tough time in his position to continue to have to explain this every single weekend. Trump can’t possibly think that the American people are going to buy into the idea that playing golf every single weekend is helping him be more productive.