President Donald Trump sparked controversy after announcing he was going to work but wound up heading off to the golf course instead.
Before flying off to spend the holidays at his luxury Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, Trump said he would mix work with pleasure during his vacation, Newsweek reports.
"I’ll be working very hard during that Christmas because we have many things we’re talking about, including North Korea, including a lot of things happening in the Middle East," Trump told reporters on Dec. 22.
On Christmas Day, Trump again reiterated similar sentiments, publicly proclaiming he was "back to work" tomorrow.
"I hope everyone is having a great Christmas, then tomorrow it’s back to work in order to Make American Great Again (which is happening faster than anyone anticipated)!" Trump tweeted.
But the next morning, a press pool report revealed Trump showed up to the Trump International Golf Club at Mar-a-Lago.
There, he golfed with Republican Sen. David Perdue of Georgia, pro golfer Bryson DeChambeau and former pro golfer Dana Quigley.
It is not clear if Trump struck any deals while playing, but it did mark Trump’s 85th day at a golf club since taking office in January, NBC News reports.
It is not the first time the public was told the president was working but found him playing golf, reports Inquisitr.
In March 2017, the official White House schedule revealed Trump was meeting with world leaders. However, reporters instead found Trump on the golf course at his Mar-a-Lago resort.
The CEO of the news website NewsMax was even photographed golfing with Trump.
Trump's frequent trips to the golf course have raised eyebrows.
The president frequently criticized former President Barack Obama for playing golf rather than working.
"I'm going to be working for you," Trump said in August 2016 at a rally in Virginia. "I'm not going to have time to go play golf. Believe me."
While the White House previously said golfing gives Trump opportunities to build relationships with elected officials, many think that's just an excuse.
"From Trump pretending he’s not golfing during his visits to golf resorts to [Republican House Speaker] Paul Ryan pretending he wrote a middle-class tax cut it’s a bottomless pit of bad faith and needs to be seen for what it is," tweeted one person.
Others defended the president.
"So they scream in apocalyptic horror at every action Trump makes while simultaneously pointing and indignantly shouting 'LOOK! HE'S GOLFING AGAIN AND NOT WORKING!!'" commented another.
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