Here's how Sean Spicer defended President Donald Trump's frequent golf outings
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 21, 2017,
Mar 21, 2017, 0:54
Questioned later during briefing about his characterization of Manafort's work and the possibility that he may have had contact with Russian Federation due to his prior lobbying work in Ukraine, Spicer said he wasn't "looking to re-litigate the election".
Amid a plethora of headlines like the Washington Post's recent "How much is Donald Trump's travel and protection costing, anyway?" "So you can continue to look for something, but continuing to look for something that doesn't exist, doesn't matter", Spicer said, without any hint of irony. Last week, he quoted from a Fox News report that suggested the Obama administration had asked the United Kingdom to conduct surveillance on Trump. CNN has seen Trump golfing - driving up the 12th hole on his championship course at Trump International Golf Course - multiple times during the former reality star's first two months in office. "And so to start to look at some individual who was there for a short period of time, or separately individuals who really didn't play a role in the campaign and suggest those are the basis for anything, is a bit ridiculous".
"You saw him utilize this as an opportunity with [Japanese] Prime Minister [Shinzo] Abe to help foster a deeper relationship in southeast Asia. and have a growing relationship that's going to help USA interests", Spicer said.
That was a reference to Trump playing golf at one of his courses in Florida with the Japanese leader last month.
He said the mainstream media holds on to the narrative that there was contact between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation because they realize "it clearly gets them some kind of coverage of ratings".
Trump also visited his course in Sterling, Virginia, on March 11 for a meeting. Sean Spicer Monday defended President Trump's gold habits. But the Obama White House regularly disclosed to the press corps when the president was playing golf, on weekends and even on vacation.
Spicer said reporters have jumped to conclusions and falsely assumed in some instances that the president was golfing. We don't have time for this.
"We pay for Obama's travel so he can fundraise millions so Democrats can run on lies", he tweeted the next day.
Trump's aides have not done so.