Donald Trump continued his 17-day August "working vacation" at his Trump National Golf Club in in Bedminster, N.J., with Aug. 17, marking the 56th time the 45th President has visited one of his 17 golf clubs (and, for most of them, presumably played some golf) since becoming President on Jan. 20, 2017.
With the exception of some time at Trump Tower in Manhattan, Trump has been at his Trump National Golf Club in New Jersey since Aug. 4 as the White House undergoes planned renovations set into motion during the Obama Administration.
While Trump has not played golf every day of the vacation -- in so far as we know from White House pool reporters -- he gets credit, so to speak, for staying at his golf club in a cottage built for the purpose.
Per pool, Trump is back at Trump Nat'l Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J.
This is his 55th day at a golf course as president.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) August 16, 2017
Trump starts his day at Trump Nat'l Golf Club in N.J.
This is his 56th day at a golf course, 72nd day at a Trump property as president.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) August 17, 2017
This is all happening as North Korea and the Trump administration trade barbs and threats as the rogue state threatens to use its improved nuclear and ICBM capabilities to attack American territories, including Guam. There were also multiple deaths in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday as a protest led by neo-Nazis and the alt-right turned deadly.
The Trump Administration, per policy, does not acknowledge that Trump is playing even a hole of golf, much less an 18-hole round. However, if he's going to the golf club for about 4-5 hours, you can be pretty sure he's playing golf.
The President is certainly entitled to some leisure time, and golf has been an outlet for most Commanders-in-Chief dating back to the early 20th century. However, the reluctance to even acknowledge that this President plays golf conflicts with his almost relentless criticism of his predecessor, Barack Obama, who played an estimated 333 rounds of golf as President.