Trump, critic of Obama's golfing, regularly hits the links

Cheryl Sanders
March 21, 2017

Pressed by reporters incredulous that he could dismiss Trump's second campaign manager as having "played a very limited role for a very limited amount of time", Spicer doubled down. He also said Trump would not apologize to his predecessor.

"I love golf, I think it's one of the greats, but I don't have time", then-President-elect Trump said during a December 2016 rally in MI.

President Trump tweeted Monday that FBI Director James B. Comey and National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers had testified to a House Intelligence Committee hearing that "Russia did not influence electoral process".

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer incorrectly diminished the role of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, remarks made at the same time as a House Intelligence Committee hearing investigated whether campaign aides colluded with Russian Federation during last year's presidential race.

"So many people (are) jumping to the conclusion that he was going down and playing golf".

Manafort began working for Trump in March and resigned in August, after helping Trump to secure the Republican nomination. He was forced to resign last month after misrepresenting his contacts with the Russian ambassador to Washington.

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

The press secretary said there was a "big difference" between the investigations into Trump's wiretapping claim and the one into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

"The president is entitled to a bit of privacy at some point", Spicer responded.

He added: "So you can continue to look for something - but [you're] continuing to look for something that doesn't exist, doesn't matter".

During an interview on Fox News Sunday, Spicer said it wasn't covered when officials briefed on the Russian involvement in the election came out and said there was "no involvement to their knowledge between the Trump campaign and Russia". Trump has visited the two courses near his Mar-a-Lago estate - Trump International Golf Course in West Palm Beach and Trump National Golf Course in Jupiter - 10 times in the first two months of his presidency.

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