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Trump To Golf Friends: White House Is 'A Real Dump'

| by Michael Howard
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President Donald Trump reportedly told members of his golfing club in Bedminster, New Jersey, that the White House is "a real dump."

Trump's comments were included in a long feature article in Golf Magazine about the president's relationship to the sport.

Speaking to a group of acquaintances before a round of golf, Trump sought to explain why he spends so much time away from Washington, D.C.

"That White House is a real dump," he is quoted as having told them.

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The article goes on to state that "Trump is often at his most unguarded among the people who pay for their proximity to him."

It is unclear whether Trump was being sarcastic, but the article also states that a White House spokesperson denied that the president made the remark.

Nevertheless, Trump faced backlash for his alleged denigration of the White House on social media.

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"Thank you to all the White House ushers, butlers, maids, chefs, florists, gardeners, plumbers, engineers & curators for all you do every day," former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton tweeted.

Trump has been caught making questionable comments at the Bedminster club before.

In February, Politico obtained an audiotape from November 2016 on which Trump could be heard inviting club members to sit in on his Cabinet interviews.

"We’re doing a lot of interviews tomorrow -- generals, dictators, we have everything," he said. "You may want to come around. It'll be fun. We're really working tomorrow. We have meetings every 15, 20 minutes with different people that will form our government."

He went on: "We’re going to be interviewing everybody -- Treasury, we’re going to be interviewing secretary of state. We have everybody coming in -- if you want to come around, it's going to be unbelievable … so you might want to come along."

NBC News reports that, as of July 30, Trump has spent 58 of his 194 days in office away from the White House; 43 of those days were spent at his golf properties.

Before the election, Trump indicated several times that he would not make time to play golf if he were elected president.

"I'm not going to play much golf, because there's a lot of work to be done," he said at one point.

He was also openly critical of former President Barack Obama's golfing habits.

"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. "Worse than Carter."

Sources: Golf Magazine, Politico, NBC News / Photo credit: Steve Jurvetson/Flickr, Mark Skrobola/Flickr, Ltamburano via Wikimedia Commons

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