Sunday 25 June 2017

White House issues clarifying statement on Donald Trump's round of golf with Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy with President Donald Trump and Clear Sports CEO Garry Singer, left, and former baseball star Paul O'Neill, right
Rory McIlroy with President Donald Trump and Clear Sports CEO Garry Singer, left, and former baseball star Paul O'Neill, right
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

The White House issued a statement today to clear up an issue that emerged after Donald Trump's round of golf with Rory McIlroy in Florida on Sunday.

For a third weekend in a row during his presidency, Mr Trump took to the golf course, and this time he was accompanied by the world number three.

Speaking to golf publication 'No Laying Up', McIlroy said that Mr Trump "probably shot around 80. He's a decent player for a guy in his 70s".

The pair were joined in a four-ball by Kildare-born agent Nick Mullen and Mr Trump's friend Rich Levine.

McIlroy's assertion that Trump had played 18 holes directly contradicted the official line from the White House that trump had "played a couple of holes".

The White House issued a statement today to clarify the situation.

It read: "As stated yesterday the President played golf. He 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, which he is continuing today before returning to Washington D.D tonight."

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