Thursday 24 August 2017

Revealed: How much of his presidency Trump has spent golfing so far

U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive at Morristown municipal airport, New Jersey, U.S., to spend a weekend at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, June 30, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive at Morristown municipal airport, New Jersey, U.S., to spend a weekend at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, June 30, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
U.S. President Donald Trump with First Lady Melania Trump and their son Barron arrive at Morristown municipal airport, New Jersey, U.S., to spend a weekend at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, June 30, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive at Morristown municipal airport, New Jersey, U.S., to spend a weekend at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, June 30, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
U.S. President Donald Trump with First Lady Melania Trump and their son Barron arrive at Morristown municipal airport, New Jersey, U.S., to spend a weekend at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, June 30, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
U.S. President Donald Trump gestures as he with first lady Melania Trump and their son Barron board Air force One to depart Washington at Joint Base Andrews Maryland, U.S., to spend a weekend at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, June 30, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

Mythili Sampathkumar

Donald Trump has spent over 20 per cent of his time as President at one of his golf clubs as of his latest trip.

On the campaign trail, Mr Trump repeatedly criticised President Barack Obama for golf outings during his presidency but as of his last trip to his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, Mr Trump has spent his 35th day at one his own golf properties.

He has been in office 165 days, which means he has spent 21 per cent of his time at a golf club that he owns. White House staff have not always confirmed that the President is playing golf while he is spending time at the clubs. 

He has spent so much time there, he even dubbed his Mar-a-Lago club the "Southern White House".

At this point in his presidency, Mr Obama had gone on 8 golf outings. In eight years, he went golfing 333 times. Mr Trump is currently on pace to go to his golf clubs 480 times in eight years should he win the 2020 election.

At one point in his short time at the White House, he was on pace to hit 650 visits in a two-term presidency. 

U.S. President Donald Trump with First Lady Melania Trump and their son Barron arrive at Morristown municipal airport, New Jersey, U.S., to spend a weekend at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, June 30, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
U.S. President Donald Trump with First Lady Melania Trump and their son Barron arrive at Morristown municipal airport, New Jersey, U.S., to spend a weekend at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, June 30, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

One website has been tracking how much money this is costing US taxpayers due to the travel and security measures involved. The site's count is slightly lower because it does not count nights spent at golf clubs, only full days.

Another count: Mr Trump has visited a Trump property, which includes Trump Tower where Melania Trump was living until recently and his many hotels, nearly 30 per cent of his time in office - or 49 days. 

U.S. President Donald Trump with First Lady Melania Trump and their son Barron arrive at Morristown municipal airport, New Jersey, U.S., to spend a weekend at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, June 30, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
U.S. President Donald Trump with First Lady Melania Trump and their son Barron arrive at Morristown municipal airport, New Jersey, U.S., to spend a weekend at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, June 30, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

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