President Donald Trump raised a few eyebrows after commenting on his golfing abilities during a meeting with powerful manufacturing CEOs on Feb. 23 (video below).
At the White House meeting, Trump spoke to 24 CEOs about various matters, including American job losses to foreign companies, PBS reports.
“Everything is going to be based on bringing our jobs back,” Trump said. “The good jobs, the real jobs. They’ve left.”
In response, many of the CEOs said the real problem is that Americans are not qualified.
“The jobs are there, but the skills are not,” one executive said. Many of the CEOs urged the president to support vocational training to solve the skill deficit.
While there were serious discussions, there were moments some felt Trump inappropriately diverted from the task at hand so he could boast.
In the meeting, he asks General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt to recount his performance during a golf game, USA Today reports.
Immelt obeys, beginning the story explaining he and three others were assigned to persuade Trump into doing reality TV show "The Apprentice."
"You realize I'm the richest golfer in the world," Immelt recalls Trump saying. "Then [he] gets a hole-in-one."
The room, including Trump, laughed before Trump corrected Immelt on what he actually said before the golf triumph.
"I actually said I was the best golfer of all the rich people to be exact," Trump says before the room again laughs. "And then I got a hole-in-one. So it was sort of cool. Thank you, thank you very much."
Some later said Trump was bragging.
"He hasn't kept any campaign promises , so he has to brag about something!" wrote one person on USA Today's Facebook page.
Others defended Trump, pointing out he may just have been trying to break the ice.
"Can't mention the fact that he is having pro business meetings and creating jobs," responded one man. "And while he is doing so, he's establishing rapport with the business leaders by telling stories."
Not everyone was convinced, pointing out this is not the first time Trump has demonstrated similar behavior.
"He stopped and took the time to brag about himself If this was a one time isolated incident then no one would care," wrote another. "Thing is, he does it ALL THE TIME. He even dodges legit question by boasting about things that a lot of times aren't true."