Earlier this week, CNN revealed that President Trump is on track to spend more on travel in his first 80 days as president than President Obama spent during his eight years in office.
That news is certainly not hard to believe, especially considering the fact that, as of Friday, the President has spent 23 days of his presidency at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida. Trump took his seventh trip to the “Winter White House” this weekend to celebrate the Easter holiday.
Trump arrived in Florida on Thursday afternoon, New York Times reporter Julie Davis tweeted. Davis also said that no senior staff accompanied Trump on his trip, and none would be meeting with him over the weekend.
Trump has arrived in West Palm Beach on AF1. No senior staff were on board & we r told none r mtg him at Mar-a-Lago this holiday wknd
— Julie Davis (@juliehdavis) April 13, 2017
Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., also tweeted about his father’s arrival on Air Force One, describing seeing his father land and deplane as a “surreal experience even from a distance.”
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) April 13, 2017
Aside from the allegations of collusion with Russia, the unwarranted accusations against President Obama, the unconstitutional executive orders, and the recent attack on Syria, President Trump’s travel habits have been one of the most controversial aspects of his presidency.
The fact that Trump is already on track to outspend President Obama when it comes to travel is made worse by the fact that Trump was an outspoken critic of Obama’s travels and golf games.
Below are just a few of the angry tweets the current President posted about Obama’s golf games.
Can you believe that,with all of the problems and difficulties facing the U.S., President Obama spent the day playing golf.Worse than Carter
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 14, 2014
While our wonderful president was out playing golf all day, the TSA is falling apart, just like our government! Airports a total disaster!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 21, 2016
If Obama resigns from office NOW, thereby doing a great service to the country—I will give him free lifetime golf at any one of my courses!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 10, 2014
When it comes to golf, President Trump proved his hypocrisy almost immediately after taking office. As POLITICO pointed out in February, Trump played his first round of golf earlier in his presidency than either Obama or President George W. Bush. He hit the course for the first time after just two weeks in office. Obama waited four months, and Bush waited five-and-a-half.
So far, the number of times the President has visited a golf course is higher than the number of weeks he’s been in office. According to NBC’s Bradd Jaffy, this is Trump’s 17th golf course trip in the 12 weeks that he’s been president.
President Trump is again at Trump International Golf Club in FL, per pool. It is his 17th golf course trip since taking office 12 weeks ago.
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) April 14, 2017
In defense of Trump’s multiple golf games, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer claimed last month that the President was using the game of golf to make important deals. However, no specific information about the kind of deals Trump is making on the golf course has been revealed.
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