White House defends Donald Trump's frequent golf outings after reports of 7 straight days on the course

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Donald Trump reportedly spent seven straight days golfing during his Christmas vacation. (Reuters)
Donald Trump reportedly spent seven straight days golfing during his Christmas vacation. (Reuters)

A U.S. president spending time on a golf course is not a big deal.

Despite holding the most powerful job on the planet, a U.S. president is still a human being and should be afforded the leisure and personal time to maintain some semblance of life balance. A happy president is surely a better president.

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Also, there’s some truth to the trope that business often gets done on the golf course.

Then there’s President Donald Trump’s relationship with golf.

Trump, who just spent 10 days at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla., has reportedly spent almost one-third of his time in office at his resorts. It’s an issue that raises obvious ethical questions about Trump using his office to promote his own businesses.

The White House has remained mostly silent about how Trump spends his time at his golf resorts and with whom he golfs when he does hit the links, leaving infrequent details to come from social media or rare glimpses that reporters are afforded.

His latest outing, in which he reportedly golfed for seven straight days after tweeting on Christmas about getting “back to work,” prompted the following response from White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Tuesday.

“I think it’s the press that has an issue with his time on his course,” Sanders said. “The president’s extremely proud of the accomplishments we had during 2017.”

Sanders went on to tout the White House’s dubious narrative of “one of the most successful first years in office” while refusing to address a lack of transparency about how the most powerful man in the world holding a democratically elected office spends so much of his time.

Trump’s proliferous golf habit is made the more laughable in the context of his constant criticism of his predecessor, President Barack Obama, who golfed less frequently and did not hide from the American public when he did.

It’s a strategy he carried on the campaign trail in 2016.

It would all be funny if the stakes weren’t so high.


Jason Owens is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Follow him on Twitter.

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