President Donald Trump started this morning as he has so many others at Mar-a-Lago — with a departure via motorcade to the nearby Trump International Golf Club in unincorporated West Palm Beach.
Trump visited the club for four hours yesterday and was spied on the links by CNN.
Friday was the 15th time Trump has played golf as president, according to Palm Beach Post estimates. The figure 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 Trump International or his other golf properties.
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 86th day of Trump’s presidency. If he is indeed golfing for the 16th time, that’s a rate of once every 5.4 days in office.
Here’s a rundown of the 15 times before today that evidence strongly suggests Trump was 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• Friday — Arrived at Trump International at 9:54 a.m. 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.