Trump touts busy day of meetings- then appears to play golf

The presidents Thanksgiving trip-up to Mar-a-Lago seemed to take a recreational turn, despite his staffs insistence he had a full schedule of meetings and calls

Donald Trump appears to have headed straight-out to the golf course on the first day of his Thanksgiving journey to Mar-a-Lago in Florida- despite his staff insisting only an hour and a half earlier that he had” a full schedule of sessions and telephone call” all day.

The president flew to Florida for the holiday on Tuesday night after taking part in a traditional turkey-pardoning ceremony at the White House, and was up bright and early on Wednesday morning to resume his feud with LaVar Ball, the parent of a basketball player arrested in China, and his separate row with NFL players who kneel to protest against police violence during the national anthem.

Those disagreeable errands out of the route, the president assured his 43.2 m Twitter followers he would be” having sessions and running the phones from the Winter White House in Florida( Mar-a-Lago )”.

A White House press secretary, however, was less on-message, telling the press travelling with the president that she expected a” low-key day” on Wednesday, according to the” pool report” shared by journalists.

Within minutes, a correction had arrived to dispel any possible misunderstandings about Trump’s work rate and stamina.

” While the White House communications faculty expects the press pool to have a’ low-key day ‘,” it read,” the president will NOT have a low-key day and has a full schedule of sessions and telephone call “.

Just over an hour afterwards, the Trump motorcade set off from Mar-a-Lago, arriving at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach at 9.26 am.

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Donald Trump motorcade arrives at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Florida, on 22 November. Photo: Eric Thayer/ Reuters

The press were not invited in, having been safely stowed away” at a public library across the street “. From that vantage point the media were unable to place Trump himself.

But it seems likely the president was enjoying a round of golf.

Before taking office, Trump frequently criticised Barack Obama for his golfing habit, tweeting 3 years ago:” Can you believe that, with all of the problems and difficulties facing the US, President Obama spent the day playing golf. Worse than Carter .”

But according to analysed by Politifact, Trump’s time on the green has far outstripped that of his predecessor. The fact-checking website is forecast that Obama played 24 days from his inauguration to 13 November 2009, while Trump has chalked up 35 jaunts.

Data specialist Sophie Germain, inventor of trumpgolfcount.com counts a total of 73 visits to golf clubs, but is in line with Politifact in her tally of confirmed rounds. Sometimes the weather intervenes, but there is always lunch.

Many of these rounds have been at his own golf clubs, which the president has promoted in other styles. Speaking to the South Korean national assembly on his recent trip-up to Seoul he noted:” Korean golfers are some of the best on Earth. In fact- and you know what I’m going to say- the Women’s US Open was held this year at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, and it just happened to be won by a great Korean golfer, Sung-hyun Park .”

“Congratulations,” he added.

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