While the President hasn’t played golf on every visit, sometimes attending to presidential business, the trips underscore a break with his insistence on the campaign trail that he wouldn’t spend his time golfing because of how hard he would be working, according to CNN.
White House officials told reporters that Trump held meetings at the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia, over the weekend, but did not say how many or with whom.
Both Trump and his press secretary, Sean Spicer, have knocked former President Barack Obama for his time playing golf on the job.
Trump’s first visit to a golf course since becoming President was on February 4 at the Trump International Golf Club in Florida. His visits to that golf course as well as the Trump National Golf Course in Jupiter, Florida, have come during his trips to his Mar-a-Lago resort.
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He’s also made several trips to the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia, just outside of Washington.
Trump owns several golf courses around the world and has worked out of some since the inauguration. He held a meeting with members of his Cabinet and senior staff at his Virginia golf course earlier this month and hosted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Mar-a-Lago during his February visit to the US.
Spicer has defended Trump’s golfing habit by citing the time he hosted the Japanese leader, arguing Trump utilized golf to “foster deeper relations.”
“How you use the game of golf is something that he has talked about,” Spicer said.
Trump’s staffers have been reluctant to discuss his golf course trips, and many details of his games have instead come from posts on social media.