On Wednesday, Donald Trump left his White House staffers with egg on their face after they told the press pool that he would be working a “full schedule” filled with “meetings and phone calls.” However, minutes later Trump was spotted on a golf course, looking a bit less prepared for a “full schedule” of work than what his staff suggested.
Here’s a full timeline of the White House’s most current incompetence:
8:01 — White House tells press to expect a “low-key day”
8:07 — White House instructs pool to clarify that the PRESS will have a low-key day; pool says Trump will have “full schedule of meetings and phone calls”
8:26 — Trump arrives at his golf course to play 18 holes
— David Martosko (@dmartosko) November 22, 2017
So far the White House has yet to explain why Trump stopped working a whole day earlier than President Barack Obama did this time last year to fly off to Florida to play golf. According to Politicus USA writer Jason Easley, during his few months in office, Trump has set the record for the most days taken off to play golf by any first-year president in U.S. History.
Here’s the tally from Golf News:
How many times has Trump played golf as President of the United States? Since taking office on Jan. 20, 2017, Mr. Trump has reportedly been on the grounds of his golf courses or played golf elsewhere 78 times since becoming President, and that’s as of Nov. 22.
The cost of Trump’s golf rounds to the American taxpayer varies by round and course, but it has totaled so far in the tens of millions of dollars.
He previously was on pace to visit his golf clubs more than 650 times in an eight-year presidency. As of July 30, he’s currently on track to spend 661 days on his courses while in office over eight years, assuming he wins re-election and completes both terms. Through Sept. 23, Trump is now on an 8-year pace of 759 days at his golf clubs.
They go on to say that so far Trump has spent almost 25 percent of his time in office at one of his luxury golf resorts.
It looks like Trump’s spin control team at the White House and Fox News are going to be going into overdrive trying to explain this one. Maybe they’d like a mulligan? Most American voters would like one too.