Keeping an eye on the number of golf games Donald Trump has played since arriving at the Oval Office has been a frequent pastime for many in his first two years as President. But, as Trump would have installed a simulator at the White House allowing him to play 18 holes, the real answer will almost never be known.
Trump has installed a $ 50,000 golf simulator in his private quarters, allowing him to play virtual games. The Washington Post reported Wednesday. The updated machine was installed by former President Barack Obama and paid personally by Trump, said a White House official The post office.
Trump's golfing habits have been a source of much information precisely because of the frequency and severity with which he criticized Obama for playing golf when the White House was occupied.
"Can you believe that, despite all the problems and difficulties facing the United States, President Obama spent the day playing golf, worse than Carter," Trump tweeted in 2014, a year before start his campaign of insurgency to the presidency.
"I play golf to relax. My company is in great shape. @BarackObama is playing golf to escape work, while America is fainting, "said Trump in a tweet of 2011.
Trump reiterated the message on the course of the campaign.
"I will work for you. I will not have time to play golf, "said Trump at a rally in August 2016.
The White House rarely confirms when Trump hit one of his many golf clubs to participate in a tour, although he tweeted it playing with Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus earlier this month -this.
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 2, 2019
However, thanks to pool reports, it was known that he had been playing golf regularly during his first two years in power, exceeding the number of rounds played by Obama during the same period, until he reached the end of his career. he is campaigning for the middle of the year and that the closure of the government last month forced him to golf time.
But it seems that Trump has played behind closed doors, although the White House official said The post office that the president has not yet used his new simulator.
In recent weeks, leaks to the White House have revealed that Trump spent most of his time in the so-called "executive time". Axios analyzed three months of schedules earlier this month and found that Trump had spent 60% of his scheduled hours. in office hours, while he would be supposed to watch TV, tweet and make phone calls.
President Donald Trump embarks on the White House September 8, 2018 in Washington, Chris Kleponis – Pool / Getty Images