Buzzfeed compiled a handy timeline of Trump's Christmas week golfing excursions.
Despite his tweet saying he would be "back to work in order to Make America Great Again" the day after Christmas, Trump has now been spotted on his course in West Palm Beach, Florida, seven days in a row. His visit to the golf course again on Monday, January 1, marking his 91st day playing golf as president.
Of the 340 days President Trump has been in office, he spent 91 of them at the golf course. And Trump's time golfing is different from any of his predecessors, because he usually golfs at courses he owns and profits from.
While it’s not unusual for a president to take time off during the holidays, or to take periodic breaks from the White House....Trump’s repeated visits to courses bearing his name have sparked renewed debate about the myriad conflicts of interest dredged up by his presidency, highlighting the sheer improbability of his political ascendence in the first place.
But Clinton golfed, George W. Bush golfed, Obama golfed, and they all took flak for it in the press. It's an easy layup for any president's critics to print a photo of them golfing and argue they're out-of-touch elitists who aren't attending to the nation's problems, but a burnt-out, exhausted president serves no one.
But other argue Trump's time on the course differs vastly from his predecessors in its frequency. Obama played 26 rounds in his first year, Trump has played more than 80. Yes, the commander-in-chief needs rest and relaxation, but this is ridiculous.
Trump supporters argue that presidents are never really "off-the-clock." Even when Trump is at his properties, he is still working. The commander in chief is expected to be alert and available around the clock, ready to respond to a crisis at any moment.
The man has done more work than most presidents so I don't begrudge him a vacation, but it's not a vacation so people need to get a grip.