Once, Trump blasted Obama's golf outings. Now, White House defends his own

Posted March 21, 2017

During his campaign, Donald Trump was a critic of President Barack Obama's penchant for hitting the links.

Questioned later during briefing about his characterization of Manafort's work and the possibility that he may have had contact with Russian Federation due to his prior lobbying work in Ukraine, Spicer said he wasn't "looking to re-litigate the election".

Spicer said that Trump is using golf differently than President Obama. Spicer pointed to media reports that revealed Michael Flynn, Trump's one-time national security adviser, talked with the Russian ambassador during the campaign.

So why won't the White House be more forthcoming about his time on the course?

"So many people (are) jumping to the conclusion that he was going down and playing golf".

Not helping matters is the White House's reluctance to speak about Trump's golf, sometimes even denying the president played at all.

Months ago when the idea of Trump being our president was still a distant possibility, the nominee himself said while sitting next to Governor Chris Christie that he couldn't understand how a president would even leave the White House.

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"You saw him utilize this with Prime Minister Abe to help foster a deeper relationship in Asia and have a growing relationship that's going to help US interests", Spicer said.

Trump's preferred course by far is the one closest to his Florida home: Trump International Golf Club. Only one time - while hosting Abe - did the President also visit Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter. It is unclear whether he played.

During the Monday briefing, Spicer also clarified his conversation with British officials after he repeated an unsubstantiated report from a Fox News pundit that the country's spy agency had helped Obama eavesdrop on Trump during the presidential campaign past year.

Obama smiles while golfing on vacation.

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By contrast, Spicer denounced reports of possible collusion between individuals with the Trump campaign and Russian Federation in an effort to influence the outcome of last year's presidential election as "a bit of a stretch" and "ridiculous". "He played more golf past year than Tiger Woods".

"We pay for Obama's travel so he can fundraise millions so Democrats can run on lies", he tweeted the next day.