President Donald Trump appears to have golfed today with football legend Peyton Manning and Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., at Trump’s golf course in Northern Virginia.
Photographers spotted Manning and Corker in golf attire at the White House after the president returned from more than four hours at his Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Va.
The Palm Beach Post estimates it’s the 21st time Trump has golfed as president. The number of golf outings is tough to pin down because the White House — no doubt sensitive to Trump’s many past criticisms of former President Barack Obama‘s golfing — rarely reveals whether the president is actually swinging a club when he visits one of his golf properties.
“I love golf. It think it’s one of the greats, but I don’t have time,” Trump said at a 2015 rally in which he complained that Obama “played more golf last year than Tiger Woods.”
“I’m going to be working for you. I’m not going to have time to go play golf,” Trump said at one 2016 campaign rally.
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.
Today is the 136th day of Trump’s presidency. Based on the Post’s estimate of 21 golf outings, that’s a rate of once every 6.5 days in office.
All the president’s golf outings have been at Trump-branded properties. All have been on Saturdays or Sundays except for one Good Friday round.
Here’s a rundown of the 21 times when evidence strongly suggests Trump was playing golf:
• Feb. 4 – Arrived at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach 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.
• March 25 — 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. Milestone alert: President Trump’s first presidential golf outing outside Palm Beach County.
• April 2 — At Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Va., a rare White House-confirmed golf outing with Sen. Rand Paul and Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney. “They’re discussing a variety of topics, including healthcare,” said White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham.
• April 8 — Arrived at Trump International at 9:05 a.m. and departed at 2:15 p.m. Spotted on the course by Palm Beach Post photographer Allen Eyestone.
• April 9 — Arrived at Trump International at 9:32 a.m. and departed at 2:32 p.m. Played the course as part of two foursomes, then ordered salad in the club room. Also tweeted about Egypt during his visit.
• April 14 — Arrived at Trump International at 9:54 a.m. on Good Friday and departed at 1:54 p.m. No official word from White House on the president’s activities, but CNN got a clip of him on the links.
• April 15 — Arrived at Trump International at 8:58 a.m. and departed at 1:29 p.m. No confirmation from White House of Trump’s activities, but a heavy security presence on the course was consistent with a presidential golf outing. Return motorcade to Mar-a-Lago bypassed normal route through Bingham Island, where hundreds of protesters were gathered.
• April 30 — Arrived at Trump National in Sterling, Va., at 11:33 a.m. and departed at 4 p.m. No confirmation from the White House of Trump’s activities but The Palm Beach Post is scoring this as a golf outing.
• May 6 — At Trump National in Bedminster, N.J. No confirmation from the White House of Trump’s activities but a photo on Instagram appears to show the president on the course’s 16th hole. Milestone alert: After 14 golf outings in Palm Beach County and three in Northern Virginia, this is Trump’s first presidential round in New Jersey.
• May 15 — Arrived at Trump National in Sterling, Va., at 10:32 a.m. and departed at 2:35 p.m. Trump seen wearing a baseball cap and the White House said he “may hit a few balls” while visiting the club.
• Saturday — Arrived at Trump National in Sterling, Va., at 10:42 a.m. and departed at 2:22 p.m.
• Today — Arrived at Trump National in Sterling, Va., at 9:30 a.m. and departed at 1:51 p.m. Trump was seen in a white polo shirt, dark pants, white shoes and red cap. Upon return to the White House, a pool report said, “We did not see the president and could not make out others on arrival but did see golf clubs being carried away from the motorcade.” Photographers spotted Manning and Corker in golf attire at the White House when the president’s party returned.