Spicer tries to draw distinction between Trump's golf outings and Obama's
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Mar 21, 2017,
Mar 21, 2017, 10:52
For the most part, aides have declined to confirm that Trump was playing golf on weekends in Florida, instead repeatedly telling reporters that the President "may" hit a few balls at his course but that they didn't know for sure. When Trump spends millions of taxpayer dollars for weekend jaunts to his own private golf course at his Mar-a-Lago estate, he gets himself stuck in the sand traps for America. He regularly used to criticize President Obama for spending time on the course.
How is Trump's golf game different from Obama's?
"I love golf, I think it's one of the greats, but I don't have time", then-President-elect Trump said during a December 2016 rally in MI. One of his campaign promises, the Washington Post reports, included giving Americans a leader who "doesn't have time to go play golf."
And before he ran for president, Trump would tweet about Obama's golfing.
President Donald Trump, once a critic of his predecessor's golfing, has visited one of his golf courses in Florida - seemingly to play the sport - five of the last seven weekends. According to Politico, it costs about $3 million each time Pres. Trump travels to Mar-a-Lago.
He said Trump uses the games to "help USA interests" by meeting global leaders. "How you use the game of golf is something that he's talked about", Spicer told the press. Walker followed up by asking why, then, the media is not hearing details from these meetings, to which Spicer replied by saying, multiple times, that Trump is "entitled to a bit of privacy".
"One is, you saw him utilize this as an opportunity with [Japanese] Prime Minister [Shinzo] Abe to help foster deeper relationship.in Asia. and have a growing relationship that is going to help USA interests".
The press secretary also argued the president has not always participated in the rounds while at the golf course.
"On a couple of occasions he's actually conducted meetings there, he's actually had phone calls, so just because he heads there doesn't mean that that's what's happening", Spicer said. We say "seems" because the White House avoids talking about it.