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The Trump Administration Doesn't Want You to Know How Much the President's Been Golfing

Trump used to love to tear into Obama for golfing while president.

by River Donaghey
Feb 21 2017, 6:11pm

Photo of Trump and Shinzo Abe golfing via Trump's Facebook

Donald Trump has visited his golf courses six times during his first month as president, but his aides are being pretty tight-lipped about whether or not he teed up—especially since Trump gave Obama so much hell for golfing on the job.

Back in 2014, Trump called Obama out for spending a day playing golf in the midst of "all of the problems and difficulties facing the US." Trump continued to berate Obama for golfing during his 2016 campaign and promised during a speech in Virginia that he will "be working for you" and won't "have time to go play golf" if elected.

Apparently he's found some time. According to CNN, Trump has spent most of his weekends as commander-in-chief around one of two Florida golf courses he owns, both near the Mar-a-Lago estate where Trump hosted that already-infamous national security dinner with Japanese prime minister Shinzō Abe. 

But Trump's aides have been coy about when and if he's golfing, frequently refusing to comment on if the president was currently whacking small balls around. 

But social media posts make it pretty clear that Trump's played his share of rounds. A photo on golf blog No Laying Up shows Trump on the links with Rory McIlroy last weekend after playing "18 holes," according to the pro golfer.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders initially claimed that Trump only played a couple holes, but said he "decided to play longer" when asked about McIlroy's comments. "He also had a full day of meetings, calls, and interviews for the new [national security adviser], which he is continuing today before returning to Washington, DC, tonight," Sanders continued.