President Donald Trump appeared to be playing golf on Saturday at his course in Northern Virginia — the first time in his presidency he has teed off outside of Palm Beach County.
Trump’s time on the golf course has become a touchy topic for the White House because Trump was a frequent critic of former President Barack Obama‘s golf outings.
As usual, the White House wouldn’t say on Saturday whether Trump played golf during his nearly 4½-hour visit to his Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Va. But pictures emerged on social media of Trump in golf clothes and apparently in a golf cart.
The Palm Beach Post estimates Trump has golfed 10 times in Florida as president — nine of them at his Trump International Golf Club in unincorporated West Palm Beach and once — with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and professional golfer Ernie Els — at Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter.
All Trump’s likely golf outings have come on Saturdays or Sundays. All have been on Trump-branded courses.
Obama golfed 333 times as president, according to Mark Knoller of CBS News. That’s a rate of once every 8.8 days he was in office.
Saturday was the 65th day of Trump’s presidency. With Trump’s estimated 11 golf outings, that’s a rate of once every 5.9 days.
Here’s a rundown of previous times President Trump appeared to be playing golf:
• Feb. 4 – Arrived at Trump International Golf Club at 9:33 a.m., left at 2:05 p.m. wearing golf hat and golf shirt.
• Feb. 5 — Arrived at Trump International at 9:27 a.m., left at 2 p.m. wearing golf hat and golf shirt. According to a pool report that day, “the White House shares that while at the Trump International Golf Club, he has had meetings and may play a few holes of golf.”
• Feb. 11 — Arrived at Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter at 9:26 a.m. with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Also joined on the course by two-time U.S. Open champion Ernie Els. Trump and Abe left the club after playing 18 holes at about 1:30 p.m.
Trump and Abe then visited Trump International and, according to a New York Times report, played another nine holes.
• Feb. 12 – Arrived at Trump International at 8:31 a.m., left at 1:49 p.m., appeared to be wearing a golf shirt in the limo ride back to Mar-a-Lago.
• Feb. 18 – Arrived at Trump International at 8:51 a.m., left at 1:16 p.m. Asked the next day if Trump played golf during the 4½-hour visit to the golf club, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said: “I do believe he played a couple of holes.”
• Feb. 19 — Arrived at Trump International at 8:58 a.m., left at 2:25 p.m. Spokeswoman Sanders: “I know he played a couple of holes this morning, but I’m not going to disclose any of the others that were there.” Golf blog NoLayingUp.com later revealed Trump played 18 holes with four-time major champion Rory McIlroy.
After the McIlroy news, Sanders said the president “intended to play a few holes and decided to play longer. He also had a full day of meetings, calls and interviews for the new NSA (national security adviser)…”
• March 4 — After unleashing a series of early morning tweets accusing Obama of wiretapping him, the president arrived at Trump International at 9:26 a.m. and left at 1:05 p.m. wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat and golf shirt. The White House said the president was conducting meetings, taking phone calls and that he “might hit a few balls.”
• March 5 — Arrived at Trump International at 9:02 a.m. and departed at 12:48 a.m. The White House didn’t confirm whether the president played golf during his nearly four hours at the course.
• March 18 — Arrived at Trump International around 10 a.m. and left at 2:44 p.m. The White House said Trump had “meetings and phone calls” at the club and wouldn’t say whether he was golfing. Trump friend Christopher Ruddy later tweeted a picture of the president in the clubhouse in golf attire, including a golfing glove on his left hand.
• March 19 –– Arrived at Trump International at 8:37 a.m. and left at 12:10 p.m. Appeared to be wearing golf shirt and hat on limo ride back to Mar-a-Lago.
• Saturday — Arrived at 11:01 a.m. at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Va. Departed at 3:20 p.m. Pictures on social media showed the president in golf shirt, hat and shoes.