Spicer Pressed on Why Trump's Golf Trips Are Different Than Obama's

Cheryl Sanders
March 21, 2017

The news that Trump's former campaign chairman is wanted for questioning in a Ukrainian corruption case came one day after The New York Times reported that longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone was ordered by the Senate Intelligence Committee not to destroy any documents which might be connected to an investigation of Russian Federation.

Sen. Chris Coons, D-Delaware, on Monday accused President Donald Trump's spokesman of mischaracterizing his statements regarding potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials in the leadup to the 2016 election. "We have to work", Trump said at that time.

The trips to Mar-A-Lago cost a reported $3 million each and have raised concerns about security vulnerabilities. Palm Beach County taxpayers have spent more than $1.5 million since the November 8 election to provide local law enforcement to supplement Secret Service protection of Trump.

Trump's top aides would rather obscure that fact, especially considering the President's past comments about the sport and the White House.

"It didn't make any sense on its face", Bash said of Spicer's claim.

"The president's very clear that he works seven days a week". He brings people down there.

"Anybody watching it with any modicum of understanding of what's going on thinks, 'Is this guy kidding me?'" she added.

Could be because during the presidential campaign, Trump was critical of links-loving Obama's outings.

"How you use the game of golf is something that he's talked about", Spicer said of the president. While hosting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Palm Beach last month, Trump also played a full round with the foreign leader and professional golfer Ernie Els.

The White House did not disclose whether Trump played golf over the weekend, but a photo posted on Twitter by Newsmax chief executive Christopher Ruddy, a friend of the president, showed Trump wearing a golfing glove and posing with two others at the club. "Just because you go somewhere doesn't necessarily mean you did it", Spicer clumsily contended.

"It's hard to find words to describe the way that Sean Spicer, frankly, is kind of forced to put his head so far into the sand", Bash told CNN's Wolf Blitzer during a segment on "The Situation Room". Though his official White House schedule said that Trump would be in meetings and high-level phone calls during the day on Saturday, the CEO of the news site NewsMax blew Trump's cover by tweeting a picture of Trump hitting the links at his golf course. "The president's entitled to a bit of privacy at some point".

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