Presidential golf tracker: Obama 333, Trump 9(?)

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 21, 2017

Manafort is largely credited with securing Trump the Republican nomination, through a mix of deep ties in the Republican establishment and tireless organizing to win the Republican delegate fight which nearly derailed Trump one year ago.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Monday referred to Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, as a "volunteer of the campaign".

Trump in golf attire after more than four hours at Trump International Golf Club on February 4.

That means he's on pace to out-golf his predecessor - former president Barack Obama golfed 333 times over his two terms, per CBS reporter and unofficial historian Mark Knoller. McIlroy chose to take up the President on the offer, but the White House not only did not disclose Trump was playing golf with McIlroy, they didn't acknowledge that Trump played more than a previously stated intention of a few holes.

Spicer says that there are "false narratives" being reported about the nature of budget cuts to the Meals on Wheels program. Could be because during the presidential campaign, Trump was critical of links-loving Obama's outings. "How you use the game of golf is something he's talked about".

Except that Obama also played a round with an Asian leader - in 2014, when he hit the links with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak during Obama's winter vacation in Hawaii. The White House didn't confirm whether the president played golf during his almost four hours at the course.

Trump criticized Obama's golfing even after winning the election.

Trump's aides have not done so.

Spicer then cited something Trump suggested earlier in the day on Twitter - claiming, without presenting evidence, that the DNC did not let the Federal Bureau of Investigation look at its server and that Hillary Clinton's campaign colluded with a Russian official.

"The replacement of our beloved Justice Scalia will be a person of similar views, principles and judicial philosophies", Trump said in his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention a year ago. "People jump to the conclusion he's going to play golf. On a couple of occasions he's actually conducted meetings there, had phone calls".

So why won't the White House be more forthcoming about his time on the course?

Spicer described Carter and other individuals mentioned during the hearing as "hangers-oner on the campaign".

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