Donald Trump Spent the Weekend at His Golf Club
- Author: Zachary Reyes Mar 28, 2017,
Mar 28, 2017, 10:52
Donald Trump had in fact spent much of the weekend at his Trump National Golf Club in Virginia, the 13th such trip in his nine-week presidency.
America has been good to myself and my family, who belongs to top 5 percent of Americans, like Trump.
On Sunday, Trump spent only a brief period of time at his club in Sterling, Va. - not enough to play a full round.
The letter also firmly rejected Trump's repeated accusation that the media is the "enemy of the American People", and called on his administration to build a better professional relationship with the press. If he were to continue at this pace, Trump would play golf approximately 300 times in his four-year term.
The fissures reflect divisions among factions in Trump's own White House, as well as the various factions among Republicans on Capitol Hill.
Last Monday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer defended the president's golf outings in a press conference: "You saw him utilize [golf] as an opportunity with Prime Minister Abe to help foster deeper relationships ... in Asia and have a growing relationship that's going to help USA interests", Spicer said.
President Donald Trump used to love to criticize then-president Obama for his golf games. He hasn't had to say goodbye to his golf courses at all.
Signalling growing concern from among the worldwide press community, the letter highlighted the U.S.'s historic relationship with a free press to underline how the president's actions since coming to office risk inspiring leaders in countries with weaker press freedom safeguards to repress or stifle essential freedoms. Trump repeatedly promised a clean break from his personal businesses once he got to the White House, but documents show that he still benefits from the Trump Organization financially.
Saturday's stops marked the eighth weekend in a row - out of the 10 weekends he has been in office - that Mr. Trump has visited a Trump-branded property, including his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach.
Each of these trips costs $3 million (£2.4 million), according to an analysis by the Politico website.