Who cares on one level? Being president is a hard work. A president who spends a few hours away from a desk or a meeting with counselors can actually be a good thing for someone under such pressure. Get out into nature, do something physical – and, you know, all that.
And Presidents, long before Trump had enjoyed spending time with the links: William Howard Taft – he was in the bathtub celebrity / infamy – was one of the first presidents publicly to express his love of golf. (Interesting fact: Taft celebrated the completion of a bridge in Washington because he was able to get to his favorite golf course earlier.)
But Trump's golf problem is that he criticizes the golf habit of his predecessor as a cottage industry.
One in 2014: "Obama has admitted that he spends his morning hours watching @ESPN, then playing golf, collecting donations, and granting amnesty to illegal family members."
2016: "President Obama should have gone to Louisiana days ago instead of playing golf – too little, too late."
SBNation counted 27 (!) Times between 2011 and 2016 that Trump attacked Obama for playing golf when, in Trump's mind, he should have worked.
During the 2016 campaign, Trump regularly played Obama's golf game as a sign of lack of commitment to work.
"I mean, he played more golf than most people on the PGA Tour, this guy," Trump said of Obama in his recent public appearance in the 2016 New Hampshire campaign. Hey, look, it's good, golf is okay, but always play with leaders from countries and people who can help us, do not always play with your friends. "
Trump always insisted Although he loved golf, he said it was his primary form of exercise! – he would not play if he was elected president.
"If I win I may never see my property – I may never see these places again," he said in August 2016. "But because I'll work for you, I do not have time to go golfing, believe me. Believe me, Believe me, people. "
Believe him, people. Believe him.
Here's the point: according to CNN calculations, Trump spent 212 days in a Trump estate, including 166 days in a golf club since he was elected president. Since the White House almost never confirms that the President plays golf on these five-hour excursions, it is possible he will not. (Whispers: He is.)
And according to the Washington Post's calculations, Trump had played golf every fifth day he had been president since this summer. That's about twice as often as Obama played in his eight years in office.
So, what about Trump's claim that if he ever played golf, it would be associated with world leaders and politicians as a way of doing business?
Earlier this year, people asked what Trump's biggest achievement for the Americans on the golf course was, Sarah Sanders, White House Press Secretary, said:
"I think it would certainly develop deeper and better relationships with members of Congress where these relationships have advanced the President's agenda, especially when it comes to passing the tax reform and tax cuts – a lot, I think, and success it was based on the president's close ties, and he played golf with a number of senators and certainly used that time to achieve that. "
As far as I can tell, Trump definitely played golf with Sens. Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Bob Corker (Tenn.) And Rand Paul (Ky.). He has played with the Office of Management and Budget Chief Mick Mulvaney. And Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Well, it's about when it comes to politicians and political leaders. (Notably, The White House does not release Trump's golfing partner on a regular basis, so it's hard to know who they're playing with if they do not tweet about it.)
We know some of the people Trump used to play this past Thanksgiving. His first round – Wednesday – was with legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus, a prominent supporter of his. Trump played his final round on Sunday with Chris Ruddy, a close friend and publisher of the conservative NewsMax website.
That does not work just outside the office.