White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced on Twitter this morning that Tiger Woods will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom on 5/6/19 at the White House Rose Garden.
Tiger Woods and Trump, Just Friends
Donald Trump and Tiger Woods have played golf together on numerous occasions and have mutual respect for one another. Woods was asked about his relationship with Donald Trump following his final round at the Northern Trust in August 2018. “Well, I’ve known Donald for a number of years,” Woods said. “We’ve played golf together. We’ve had dinner together. I’ve known him pre-presidency and obviously during his presidency.” When Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter John Branch of the New York Times grilled Woods over President Trump’s immigration policies, he shied away from the issue, “”He’s the President of the United States. You have to respect the office. No matter who is in the office, you may like, dislike personality or the politics, but we all must respect the office.”
John Branch then asked Tiger if he had a comment on race relations in America. He responded with, “No. I just finished 72 holes and I’m really hungry.”
Tiger Woods received a lot of criticism for his comments. Donald Trump praised Tiger on Twitter for supporting him.
Donald Trump also congratulated Tiger on his recent Masters win. Sending several tweets during the final round in support of the golfer. Tiger Woods won his 5th Masters championship on April 13, 2018 at the 43 years old. He was the second oldest golfer behind Arnold Palmer to win the Masters tournament.
Tiger has never commented on the President’s policies or his viewpoint on the hot button issues. He’s continued to assert that he and Donald Trump are just friends who enjoy golfing together. Throughout his career, Woods has never been known to take a hard political stance on anything publicly. Choosing to remain above the fray and focus on golf.