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

The presidents Thanksgiving journey to Mar-a-Lago seemed to take a recreational turning, despite his personnels insisting 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 trip-up to Mar-a-Lago in Florida- despite his staff insisting merely an hour and a half earlier that he had” a full schedule of sessions and phone calls” 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 father 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 style, the president assured his 43.2 m Twitter followers he would be” having meetings 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, in agreement with 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 staff expects the press pond to have a’ low-key day ‘,” it read,” the president will NOT have a low-key day and has a full schedule of meetings and telephone call “.

Just over an hour afterward, 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. Photograph: 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 spot Trump himself.

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

Before taking office, Trump often 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 expended the day playing golf. Worse than Carter .”

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

Data specialist Sophie Germain, creator of trumpgolfcount.com counts a total of 73 visits to golf clubs, but are in accordance 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 routes. 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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