Donald Trump paid a Thanksgiving Thursday visit to his Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Nov. 23 to play golf. The visit marked the 78th 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 11:30 a.m. after Trump had a morning video conference with US servicemembers stationed abroad. This is Trump’s second day in a row at his club since arriving in Florida to stay at his Mar-a-Lago private club on Tuesday evening.
All but one round of golf has been at his clubs, playing once in Japan in Nov. 2017 with Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe and Japanese star pro Hideki Matsuyama.
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. With 10 weekends between now and the end of 2017, it’s conceivable Trump could fit in 100 days at his golf properties before year-end.
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.