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Trump Spends 20 Percent Of Presidency At Golf Resorts

| by Robert Fowler

President Donald Trump, since assuming office, has spent 35 days at his own golf resorts. Despite repeatedly blasting former President Barack Obama for hitting the links too often, Trump is currently on pace to eclipse his predecessors' time on the green.

As of July 3, Trump has spent 35 of his first 164 days in office at his golf courses. The president has spent weekends frequenting golfing resorts in Florida, New Jersey and Virginia, according to NBC News.

Trump's latest foray on the green is at his Trump National Bedminster in New Jersey, where he has spent his July 4 weekend, according to The Hill.

Overall, Trump has spent 21 percent of his presidency on his own golf courses. If Trump's current pace of hitting the links goes unabated, he would be on track to spend 480 days at golfing resorts throughout two full terms in office, according to The Independent.

For comparison, Obama had spent eight days of his first term at golf resorts by July 3, 2009. Over the course of his two terms, Obama went on 333 golfing excursions.

On June 10-11, Trump went golfing at his Bedminster resort. White House aides declined to confirm to reporters whether the president was golfing, but a viral video uploaded by a player on the course confirmed that he was, CNN reports.

Before Trump entered the realm of politics, he was a vocal critic of Obama's golfing habits. The business mogul had taken to social media frequently to blast the former president for seemingly taking a break from executive duties.

"Can you believe that, with all of the problems and difficulties facing the U.S., President Obama spent the day playing golf," Trump tweeted out in October 2014. "Worse than Carter."

On the campaign trail, Trump pledged to refrain from hitting the links if he were elected president.

"I love golf, but if I were in the White House?" Trump said during the GOP primary in February 2016. "I don't think I'd ever see Turnberry again, I don't think I'd ever see Doral again. I'd just want to stay in the White House and work my a** off and make great deals."

In August 2016, Trump asserted during a Virginia rally that he wouldn't go golfing as president. "Because I'm going to be working for you, I'm not going to have time to play golf. Believe me."

In September 2013, former President George W. Bush defended both Obama and other presidents for playing golf, asserting that the game was a necessary break from the pressures of office.

"You know, I see our president criticized for playing golf," Bush told the Golf Channel. "I don't -- I think he ought to play golf. Because I know what it's like to be in the bubble. And I know the pressures of the job. And to be able to get outside and play golf with some of your pals is important for the president. It does give you an outlet."

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