Donald Trump visited the golf course for the 133rd, 134th and 135th times as President
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Donald Trump visited the golf course for the 133rd, 134th and 135th times as President


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Donald Trump paid a weekend visit from July 27-29 to Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., to spend the weekend outside of the nation's capital, as has become custom in his two summers in the presidency. The visit marked the 132nd, 133rd and 134th times 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. He has now paid 135 visits to any golf course as President.

Trump arrived at his New Jersey flagship club on Friday, preparing to spend the full weekend at his club as issues swirl concerning his handling of a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, his performance at a NATO summit, his handling of the aftermath of the Helsinki visit and ensuing news conference, as well the revelation of the existence of tapes made by lawyer Michael Cohen concerning paying off a former Playboy model. The Washington Post is also seeking to learn more about Trump's golf partners.

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The White House doesn't typically acknowledge Trump was even playing golf. That is commonplace policy, particularly when Trump isn't playing with celebrities or pro golfers or doesn't have something to flaunt. Typically, the White House press pool indicates when Trump arrives at his golf clubs, then they are held in a holding location until Trump is done and moves to his next location.

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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 21.2 percent of his presidency. He ended 2017 with 91 golf course visits and was just shy of 100 visits in Year 1 as President.

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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