Donald Trump visited the golf course for the 81st time as President
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Donald Trump visited the golf course for the 81st time as President

Donald Trump paid a Saturday visit to his Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Nov. 25 to play golf. The visit marked the 80th 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. This is his 81st presumed round of golf as President.

Trump arrived at the golf club at 7:45 a.m. or so, after a 10-minute drive from his Mar-a-Lago private club, per the White House press pool reporters. Trump wasn't seen during the drive or after his arrival, which is commonplace. Usually pool reporters discern Trump is going to play golf based on his clothes, which are usually a branded hat, white golf shirt and slacks.

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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 typical 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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