Donald Trump is at his Trump National Golf Club in in Bedminster, N.J. on Sept. 24, as he riles up both sides of the political spectrum over kneeling during the national anthem. As he woke up at the club, this marks the 65th 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 a potentially free schedule, a round of golf is likely. He’ll continue to receive negative attention from the left and center of the political world as he trashes NFL and MLB players who choose to kneel during the “Star-Spangled Banner” as a means of bringing attention to issues of racial injustice.
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. Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden has asked the White House to provide the names of Trump’s golf partners, as well for his clubs to provide visitor logs to get a sense of when Trump has played golf and with whom.
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.