Donald Trump plays golf on July 10, 2012 in Balmedie, Scotland. (Getty/Ian MacNicol)

Donald Trump has changed his mind about presidents golfing

Once upon a time, Trump's stance was that presidents shouldn't be golfing. Then he started jonesing for the links


Jeremy Binckes
February 14, 2017 3:41AM (UTC)

When President Barack Obama was in the Oval Office, he would occasionally go to a country club near Washington to have a round of golf — something presidents have done for a long time. But, for some reason, this angered Donald Trump, who back then didn't have the weight of the free world on his shoulders.

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Now that President Trump is in office, he must have decided that "all of the problems and difficulties facing the U.S." have been fixed, and it's time to play some golf. For the last couple of weekends, he's flown on Air Force One to his private Mar-a-Largo estate, where he hits the links.

There's no reason to blame a president for wanting to play golf. However, when Trump was running for president, golf was something he pledged he wouldn't do, as Think Progress editor-in-chief Judd Legum noted on Twitter.

While he played golf, Trump kept the press in the dark — literally.

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Trump liked golfing as president so much, he decided to bring a friend along.

The round of golf was part of an excellent weekend that was marred only by the threat of nuclear disaster from North Korea. But, after taking care of the security crisis in front of the guests paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in order to rub elbows with the leader of the free world, his aides and various world leaders, Trump went back to having a good time in front of guests.

According to reports, he's going to go down to Mar-A-Largo again this weekend, where he'll probably play some more golf.


Jeremy Binckes

Jeremy Binckes is the senior news editor at Salon.com.

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