Donald Trump criticized Barack Obama for the amount of golfed he played while president. Now, Trump is coming under heavy criticism himself for the amount of times he has hit the links in only his first month in office.
As of last week, Trump has golfed three weekends in a row … six rounds in 30 days! Because of the apparent hypocrisy, Trump’s staff has tried to down play the number of times our new president has teed it up.
This past weekend, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, a top White House press aide, told reporters Trump had played “a couple of holes” Saturday and Sunday. In truth, Trump played 18 holes with four-time major champion and third ranked player in the world, Irish golfer Rory McIlroy.
When confronted by an intrepid reporter about the inordinate amount of golf he has been playing, Trump replied, “golf is all about business.”
“I play with world leaders and other important people,” said the president. “Some of my best deals have been done on the golf course. When I’m golfing, I am working for the people.”
The reporter asked Trump if he considers Rory McIlroy a world leader.
“No, but he is a very important person,” said Trump. “ I plan to build my presidential library on a golf course. And what better place than Ireland? That’s what Rory and I talked about.”
The president was asked if there was any truth to the rumor he would be inviting Pope Francis to Mar-a-Lago for a weekend of golf. The two men have been at odds with each other ever since Trump entered the presidential race.
“Yes,” said the commander in chief. “ I am inviting the Holy Father to play a round with me. But we have a strict dress code at our club. The Pontiff must wear golf pants and a collared shirt. No dresses are allowed … for both women and men.”
The odds are great that, if Trump remains in office for two terms, he will outnumber the rounds of golf played by two of our nation’s most golf-addicted presidents … Woodrow Wilson at 1200 rounds and Dwight Eisenhower at 800 rounds.
Trump’s staff may try to cover-up the amount of golf he is playing, but they need to do what Trump is rumored to do on the course … improve their lie.
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