Golf trip-ups were a major point of contention for conservatives during President Barack Obama’s terms–so much so that then-candidate Donald Trump claimed he wouldn’t “have time to go play golf” if elected president.
While that promise has already been broken more than 20 days since Trump was inaugurated in January, it’s also worth noting that Trump has already outperformed the amount of taxpayer fund spent during his golf jaunts. But that doesn’t tell the full story.
After 2,360 days in office, taxpayers were on the hook for $44 million for Obama’s golf jaunts. In simply 203 days, Trump’s trips to his golf resorts have already expense $57 million, according to TrumpGolfCount.com. Of the 48 trips Trump has taken to his resorts, he has actually golfed on at the least 22 occasions.( This number is likely inaccurate, however, since the White House does not announce every time Trump actually hits the greens. Alas, it’s the best we have to go on .)
Obama after 2,360 days: $44 mil
Trump after 200 days: $57 mil
— Jules Suzdaltsev (@ jules_su) August 10, 2017
Trump was a frequent critic of Obama’s golfing even before he ran for president.
“PresObama is not busy talking to Congress about Syria..he is playing golf … go figure, ” Trump tweeted in September 2013.
A year later, Trump tweeted 😛 TAGEND
“Can you believe that, with all of the problems and difficulties facing the U.S ., President Obama spent the working day playing golf.”
As of Aug. 1, Trump has hit the links 21 times in so far in his presidency compared to 11 days Obama had gone golfing during the same time period, according to PolitiFact. However, Obama upped the average frequency of his golf journeys afterward in his presidency.
When all was said and done, Obama had golfed 333 rounds during his eight years in office. At his current rate–golfing an average of once every 9.2 days–Trump will have golfed approximately 40 days fewer than Obama, who golfed an average of once every 8.7 days but in more condensed chunks. That said, Trump is on track to visit his golf resorts at least 338 days in just four years–and each of those journeys still expense federal dollars whether or not he golfs.
Earlier this week, a CNN reporter shared a photo of Trump golfing at the golf course he owns in New Jersey–where the president is currently expending his first major vacation since taking office. The photo appears to show Trump with a contractor.
In the photo, Trump is wearing his typical white golf shirt and his signature “make America great again” hat.
— Dan Merica (@ danmericaCNN) August 9, 2017
H/ T: @Jules_su Twitter