Donald Trump visited the golf course for the 88th time as President
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Donald Trump visited the golf course for the 88th time as President

Donald Trump paid a Thursday visit to his Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Dec. 28 to play golf. The visit marked the 87th 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 88th visit to any golf course as President.

Trump arrived at the golf club at 8:36 a.m., after a 10-minute drive from his Mar-a-Lago private club, per the White House press pool reporters. This is the fifth golf round for the Commander-in-Chief during his Christmas vacation, as he will remain in Florida before the turn of the calendar to 2018, nearing the end of the first year of his presidency. When he has spent extended periods of time at the place Trump has dubbed the "Winter White House", he tends to play golf there every day.

The White House didn't acknowledge Trump was even playing golf, though he did show up in golf clothes. In not acknowledging Trump was even playing golf, the White House also didn't share who Trump would play with on the course. The return to a lack of even verifying Trump is playing golf was probably triggered by CNN airing footage of Trump playing golf shot from a long-zoom lens across the street from Trump's golf club. A day after CNN aired clips of Trump on the course, a white box truck parked along the Trump International sidewalk and perimeter fence to move and block CNN's videographers from shooting the First Golfer.

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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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