Trump Has Visited His Golf Courses 13 Times as President

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Trump, it turns out, does leave the White House now that he's president.

Social media users were quick to point out that the President travelled twice to a golf resort in Virigina over the weekend.

It was not immediately clear whether Trump was actually playing golf.

The White House wouldn't say Saturday whether Trump played golf during his almost 4½-hour visit.

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This is the eighth weekend in a row President Trump has visited a property that bears his name. It was labeled "absurd" and "propaganda" by some, back up by photos of the president at his golf range in Virginia, which he visited both Saturday and Sunday.

At The New York Times, Eric Lipton and Noah Weiland have a more substantive critique of Trump's frequent visits to Trump-branded properties, including at least a second presidential meal at his hotel in Washington, D.C., on Saturday night - the only restaurant he's eaten at in D.C. while president. If he were to continue at this pace, Trump would play golf approximately 300 times in his four-year term.

President Donald Trump used to love to criticize then-president Obama for his golf games. In contrast to Trump, who golfs nearly exclusively at his own properties, appaemtluy causing taxpayer dollars the end his trips to be channeled into his own privately-held company, Obama never golfed at a course that he owns - because he doesn't own any. White House staffers told press pool reporters that Trump had traveled to the golf club, which he purchased in 2009 for a reported $18 million price, for "meetings".

So far, President Donald Trump hasn't had much follow-through on his campaign promises to skip golfing and rarely leave the White House. For Trump, who usually spends his weekends at his "Winter White House" in Mar-a-Lago, this seemed groundbreaking. Sad!

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