Donald Trump visited the golf course for the 184th time as President
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Donald Trump visited the golf course for the 184th time as President



Donald Trump paid an April 20 on to Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Fla., representing the 183rd 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. He has now paid 184 visits to any golf course as President.

Trump arrived at the club at approximately 10 a.m. on Holy Saturday, as Trump is planning on spending the Easter holiday weekend at his private Mar-a-Lago club. Trump International is a 15-minute drive from his so-called Winter White House. This is his second round of golf on this trip, following a Friday round with Rush Limbaugh and other allies.

Trump is playing golf as the public continues to digest the William Barr-redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on his investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russians and Russian operatives, as well the President's prospective obstruction of justice in reaction to the Special Counsel's appointment and subsequent inquiries.

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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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