Donald Trump visited the golf course for the 73rd time as President

Donald Trump visited the golf course for the 73rd time as President



Donald Trump made a second visit this weekend to his Trump National Golf Club, Washington, D.C., in Ashburn, Va., on Oct. 15 to play golf. The visit marked the 73rd 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.

According to pool reports, Trump arrived to the club around 11 a.m. It's unclear who Trump is playing golf with after playing his last two rounds -- on Monday and Saturday -- with South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham.

This time, he played with Kentucky Senator Rand Paul for the second time as President.

"The President never loses, didn't you know?" Paul told reporters after the round. "The President and his partner beat myself and my partner by three holes. He's a little better golfer than I am, admittedly, but we had a good time."

So far, Trump has been on the golf course or his clubs during some portion of the day for 26.2 percent of his presidency.

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.

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