Donald Trump loves golf. He has spent at least 91 days of his presidency at golf courses and has been confirmed golfing at least 35 times. Presumably, he has golfed more times, but the White House is often tight-lipped at what in the world the president is doing at these golf courses.
On Christmas Day, Trump tweeted that he was taking the day off then getting “back to work” after the holiday.
I hope everyone is having a great Christmas, then tomorrow it’s back to work in order to Make America Great Again (which is happening faster than anyone anticipated)!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 25, 2017
But Trump then spent the next seven days at the golf course. Reporters confirmed that the president was golfing during at least some of this time.
On Tuesday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended Trump’s time on the links when asked by Yahoo News reporter Hunter Walker what his biggest accomplishment there has been.
“I think it would certainly be developing deeper and better relationships with members of Congress in which those relationships have helped push forward the president’s agenda ― specifically when it comes to helping get the tax reform and tax cuts passed,” Sanders said, adding, “He has played golf with a number of senators and used that time certainly to accomplish that.”
Yet the White House is rarely willing to tell the press when this relationship-building is happening. Officials often don’t release details about whether Trump is golfing, and with whom, and reporters have a tough time confirming what he’s doing.
Sanders, however, denied that the White House was at all skittish about the time Trump is spending at his golf courses.
“I think it’s the press that has an issue with his time on the course,” she said. “The president is extremely proud of the accomplishments we had during 2017. ... It was probably one of the most successful first years in office ― passed major legislation, reworked the court system and got a Supreme Court justice nominated and approved and on the bench in the first year. A booming economy, massive gains against the war on ISIS.”
Presidents golf. Being commander in chief is a tough job, and everyone needs a way to unwind. But the reason Trump’s time on the golf course is an issue is because he frequently went after President Barack Obama for golfing, saying he was lazy and not doing his job.
Can you believe that,with all of the problems and difficulties facing the U.S., President Obama spent the day playing golf.Worse than Carter— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 14, 2014
"@gretawire: PresObama is not busy talking to Congress about Syria..he is playing golf ...go figure"— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 8, 2013
@BarackObama played golf yesterday. Now he heads to a 10 day vacation in Martha's Vineyard. Nice work ethic.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 15, 2011
Trump has admitted that he loves golf, but insisted there was a distinction between his golf and Obama’s golf.
I don't mind that @BarackObama plays a lot of golf. I just wish he used it productively to make deals with Congress!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 18, 2012
There’s zero indication that every time Trump has been on the golf course, he’s spent it with members of Congress.
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.