America’s golfer-in-chief reacted to London’s terrorist strike by firing off a tweet: “We must stop being politically correct and get down to the business of security for our people.” Then he went to the golf course.
President Trump spent both Saturday and Sunday afternoons at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia. On Sunday, sporting his usual white golf shirt and red “Make America Great Again” cap, he joined retired Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and Tennessee senator Bob Corker at the links. The weekend rounds bring his total to 23 golf outings in 19 weeks as president, a pace that projects to 253 in his first term. Barack Obama, whom Trump ripped for playing too much golf (“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 October 2014) averaged 167 rounds in his two terms.
Following Obama, Bill Clinton, and both Bushes, Trump is the fifth avid golfer in a row to occupy the White House. And while he’ll need to repeal and replace the 22nd Amendment (which limits a president to two terms) to catch D.C. duffer Woodrow Wilson’s total — more than 1,000 rounds during two terms in office — the POTUS has used the game in ways other presidents never considered. By playing only his own courses, he brings attention to his many golf resorts, which reportedly account for about half of The Trump Organization’s annual revenue.
This year’s pro golf schedule finds two major events on Trump courses. Two weeks ago, Bernhard Langer (cited by Trump in a false claim about voter fraud early this year) won the Senior PGA Championship at Trump National in Virginia. Next month, the U.S. Women’s Open comes to Trump National in Bedminster, New Jersey. The president has played at least a dozen rounds at those two courses since taking office. As Eric Trump said of the publicity generated by the Senior PGA: “It’s the greatest marketing in the world.”