“There won’t be any golf” during President Trump’s summit with Chinese president Xi Jinping, the White House announced. China’s government vilifies golf as a rich man’s diversion. So if Trump wants to tee it up this weekend after Xi leaves Mar-a-Lago, he’ll have to miss part of the Masters on TV.
His most recent round was with Senator Rand Paul at Trump National Washington D.C., 45 minutes from the White House. Paul tweeted, “I had a great time today with @realDonaldTrump and believe we can get closer to an agreement on health care!” No mention of last year’s insult, when candidate Trump said, “Rand Paul called me and asked me to play golf. I easily beat him.” Also, no mention of the vandals who’d spray-painted RESIST on one of Trump’s fairways two nights before.
Despite ripping President Obama for playing too often, the POTUS is on pace for 291 rounds in his first term. Obama played 333 in two terms. Trump’s current clip is closer to that of golf-crazy Dwight Eisenhower, who put a putting green on the White House lawn and played more than 800 times in his two terms. And while Eisenhower was a regular at Congressional Country Club, even closer to D.C. than Trump National D.C., the new president often flies south to play his courses in Florida, at taxpayer expense.
Of the 14 rounds played in 10 weeks as President, he has yet to play a presidential round on a course he doesn’t own.
One of his golf buddies, PGA Tour star Rory McIlroy, caught social-media hell for teeing up with Trump. On Tuesday, McIlroy was asked if he’d do it again. “After the backlash, I’d think twice,” he said.