Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Hard at Work, or Hardly Working?

Trump made his sixth trip to the golf course last weekend, joined by professional golfer Rory McIlroy.  Trump's hypocrisy widely commented upon, as the Republican was a frequent critic of Barack Obama's fairway excursions.

"Can you believe that, with all the problems and difficulties facing the US, President Obama spent the day playing golf. Worse than Carter," Trump tweeted in October 2014.

Ten days later, he tweeted: "President Obama has a major meeting on the NYC Ebola outbreak, with people flying in from all over the country, but decided to play golf!"

Trump also promised he would be too busy to hit the links if elected. "I'm going to be working for you. I'm not going to have time to go play golf," he said during his campaign last August.

According to an analysis of Washington Post pool reports of his first several weeks in office, the president has dedicated 25 hours to playing golf-- versus 21 hours to foreign relations, 13 hours to tweeting and six hours to intelligence briefings.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders has claimed that Trump had only "played a couple of holes" on Saturday, as well as on Sunday.   McIlroy later debunked that story, admitting that he had played a full 18 holes with the president.

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