President Trump returns to golf course - this time in Virginia
- Author: Carolyn Briggs Mar 28, 2017,
Mar 28, 2017, 6:16
Since being sworn in as president in January, Donald Trump has visited a golf course that bears his name 13 times.
Despite frequent campaign criticisms of former President Barack Obama's golfing, since his inauguration Trump has spent time golfing at Trump International Golf Club and Trump National Golf Course, both in Florida, in addition to visiting his Virginia golf course, according to CNN.
The dinner followed Trump's visit to the Trump National Golf Club in Virginia earlier on Saturday.
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.
The White House has not acknowledged Trump's activities at the Trump-branded properties, saying that he spent the time holding "meetings". He played more golf previous year than Tiger Woods.
Trump's handling of USA security information at Mar-a-Lago came under congressional scrutiny in February after photos taken by private guests in the club's public dining area showed Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reviewing documents following a North Korean missile launch.
That said, Obama was and Trump is certainly entitled to play golf, even on a weekly basis.
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But pictures posted by other golfers showed Trump in full golf kit.
No, really. The presidency is being used to sell tickets to a golf tournament. And after falling short of winning over the conservative Freedom Caucus, the president isn't exactly working to fix the relationship.
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