Donald Trump has nearly reached the end of his 17-day August “working vacation” at his Trump National Golf Club in in Bedminster, N.J., with Aug. 20, marking the 58th 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.
Trump starts his day at Trump Nat'l Golf Club in N.J.
This is his 58th day at a golf course, 75th day at a Trump property as president.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) August 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. He has made stops in Washington, D.C., for a day and at Camp David in western Maryland for brief periods of business as well. He heads back to Washington on Aug. 21.
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 he personally uses.
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.