Donald Trump visited the golf course for the 90th and 91st times as President
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Donald Trump visited the golf course for the 90th and 91st times as President


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Donald Trump is playing golf on New Year's Eve 2017, as he made a Dec. 31 visit to his Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Fla. The visit marked the 90th 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 91st visit to any golf course as President.

Trump arrived at the golf club at 10 a.m., per the White House press pool reporters. This is the eighth golf round for the Commander-in-Chief during his Christmas vacation, and it is the sixth day in a row during which Trump has been at this golf club. When he has spent extended periods of time at Mar-a-Lago, the place Trump has dubbed the "Winter White House", he tends to play golf every day.

Trump played golf on Saturday, Dec. 30 as well, inviting members of the US Coast Guard to play in a four-man scramble tournament at Trump International Golf Club. Approximately 60 Coast Guard members came, had lunch and were able to play golf, with Trump saying it was his way of offering thanks for their work, particularly with hurricane relief in an active 2017 season.

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The White House didn't acknowledge Trump was even playing golf, though he did show up in golf clothes.

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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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