Donald Trump visited the golf course for the 181st and 182nd times as President
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Donald Trump visited the golf course for the 181st and 182nd times as President



Donald Trump paid April 13 and April 14 visits on to Trump National Golf Club, Washington, D.C. in northern Virginia, representing the 180th and 181st 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 182 visits to any golf course as President.

Trump has spent both weekend days in his D.C.-area golf club, playing golf and watching the Masters. He arrived at the golf club at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday and was looking at the same routine on Sunday.

Trump has been tweeting prolifically throughout the weekend about immigration policy and Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. Trump tweeted an out-of-context video of Omar's comments regarding the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, as well saying his administration may pursue a policy of placing asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border in so-called "sanctuary" cities.

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Trump ended 2017 with 91 golf course visits and was just shy of 100 visits in Year 1 as President. In his second year as President, Trump played golf 76 times. 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.

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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.

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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