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Trump Cut In Front Of Other Players While On Golf Spree (Photo)

| by David Bonner

By the latest count, President Donald Trump has gone golfing 31 times since taking office in January.

Number 31 occurred at Trump National Golf Club in Virginia on the morning of June 25, where the president hurried through 18 holes by "playing though" other golfers, reports the Daily Mail.

"My dad went golfing today at Mr. Trump's northern Va club and the president asked if he could play through," Laura Roman wrote, along with a photograph showing 10 carts pulled off to the side of a hole.

As those familiar with golf are aware, it is customary for a larger party of golfers to allow a smaller party to cut ahead of them on the course -- or, perhaps, if the other party includes the president of the United States.

Mr. Trump's 31st golfing trip came one day after his 30th. On June 24, Mr. Trump left the White House in a motorcade, clad in golf attire.

A spokesperson for the president claimed he was not headed for the golf course. However, a picture posted on Twitter by Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold showed Mr. Trump in full golf attire, walking with his father-in-law, Viktor Knavs.

The White House would not confirm the president spent the day playing golf.

Mr. Trump has visited a golf course on almost 20 percent of the 156 days he has been president, according to NBC News.

When campaigning for the presidency, Mr. Trump said that he wouldn't have time for golf if elected. "I'm going to be working for you, I'm not going to have time to play golf. Believe me," he told a Virginia crowd in August 2016.

"I'd just want to stay in the White House and work my ass off and make great deals," he said at a rally in New Hampshire.

When he was a presidential candidate, Mr. Trump often accused former President Barack Obama of spending too much time golfing; however, Trump had spent more than three times the number of days on a course than his three predecessors combined by April, according to a report issued by The New York Times.

In the president's defense, The White House says he uses his time on the golf course to foster relationships with world leaders and lawmakers. "Just because Mr. Trump is at a golf course, it does not necessarily mean he’s playing golf," said White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer in March.

Since being elected, Mr. Trump has spend most of his weekends in Florida, racking up an estimated bill of about $23 million over his 10 weeks in office, reports the BBC.

The weekend trips cost the taxpayer somewhere in the region of $3.3 million per trip, based on estimates by the General Accounting Office.

In addition, while first lady Melania Trump was living in Manhattan from January to June, it cost the state of New York an estimated $58 million per year, according to the New York Police Department, BBC reports. That breaks down to approximately $159,000 per day, every day.

Sources: Daily Mail, The New York Times, BBC / Photo credit: Pixabay, Laura Roman/Twitter via Daiy Mail, AFP/Getty Images via Daily Mail

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