Rory McIlroy: Golf round with Trump ‘not an endorsement’

( CNN) Top flight golfer Rory McIlroy has defended himself against criticism for playing a round of golf with US President Donald Trump, saying it “wasn’t an endorsement nor a political statement of any kind.”

In a statement posted on Twitter on Friday, McIlroy said he was invited to play a round of golf with the President last weekend, and that whether or not one respects the person or persons in that posture, “you respect the office that he holds.”

His statement follows a backlash on social media from fans raged by his decision to play with Trump.

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