One day after enjoying a traditional Thanksgiving meal, President Donald Trump took to his golf course to play with two of golf’s greats.
Trump tweeted November 24 that he was traveling to Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Florida to “quickly” play golf with Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson. The three were spotted on the practice green along with Brad Faron at the golf club in the afternoon in the photo at the top of the page.
Instagram user “hwalks” posted a few photos from the golf club with the caption: “Just your average morning!! Excited my kids were able to see our President and the others were a bonus!”
See some of the photos and videos she posted Instagram below. They include pictures with Woods and a video of Trump walking through the practice range with Secret Service agents.
In February, Trump spoke about his golf game and the admiration he had for Woods during an interview with ArabianGolfTV. He said he’d previously golfed with Woods and other professionals, adding that he’s a “good putter.”
Woods also spoke about Trump and the type of golfer he is at a press conference.
“For a person who’s 70-years old, he hits it hard, he really goes at it,” Woods said at a press conference. “I can understand how he can play and be a low handicap player, but I think he might be a little bit more busy now. So I don’t think he’ll be getting as many rounds in.”
Trump was spending his Thanksgiving weekend at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, and said he would be speaking with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan before hitting the golf course. According to NBC News, Friday’s round of golf marks the 79th day he’s spent at a golf club and his 101st day he spent at one of his family’s properties since he took office January 20.
While this is Trump’s first time publicly playing golf with Woods and Johnson as president, former President Barack Obama went on a golf trip with Woods in Florida. The former president and Masters champion went on a 2013 golf trip that cost taxpayers almost $3.6 million, a report by the Government Accountability Office said. Those costs included the operation of Air Force One, supporting aircraft, U.S. Coast Guard boats and travel expenses for personnel on the trip.
During Obama’s presidency, Trump was critical of the amount of time Obama spent on the golf course.
“Can you believe that, with all of the problems and difficulties facing the U.S., President Obama spent the day playing golf,” Trump tweeted in 2014.
During his presidential campaign, Trump, on more than one occasion, vowed to golf far less than Obama did.
“I love golf, but if I were in the White House, I don’t think I’d ever see Turnberry (Golf Club) again, I don’t think I’d ever seen Dorral again — I own Dorral in Miami,” Trump said during a campaign event to raucous cheers. “I don’t think I’d ever see many of the places that I have. I don’t even think I’d see anything. I just want to stay in the White House and work my ass off. Make great deals, right? Who’s going to leave?”
With his frequency of visits to golf courses, a website was created, called TrumpGolfCount.com, which tallies the amount of times he’s golfed since his inauguration. The website reported that currently, his golf trips come at a cost of “at least $81,274,971” to taxpayers.
PolitiFact.com compared the amount of times Obama and Trump had golfed at this point in their respective presidencies. As of November 13, the outlet reported that Obama had golfed 24 times, while Trump had golfed 35.
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