WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- President Donald Trump tweeted on Christmas announcing that he’d soon be “back to work in order to Make America Great Again.”
- Trump was reportedly seen spending the next seven days visiting his golf club.
- On New Year’s Day morning, the seventh day since his “back to work” tweet, the president arrived at the golf club minutes after he tweeted that there’s “much work to be done.”
President Trump’s motorcade was spotted arriving at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Florida, on six consecutive mornings beginning Dec. 26.
That’s after the president posted this on Twitter on Christmas day: “I hope everyone is having a great Christmas, then tomorrow it’s back to work in order to Make America Great Again!”
On Jan. 1, Trump tweeted that he was returning to Washington D.C. later in the day.
When asked about the president’s whereabouts on New Year’s Day, the White House officials told pool reporters that Trump was at the golf club with professional golfer Fred Funk and his son Taylor. However, they would not confirm whether the group was playing golf or not.
The president invited about 60 members of the U.S. Coast Guard at his golf club on Friday, as a token of appreciation for their service. The Palm Beach Post reported that Trump played a round of golf before the Coast Guard personnel arrived.
Last Wednesday, CNN reporters in Palm Beach said a white box truck was strategically parked to prevent the media from seeing Trump. The Secret Service disproved the report.
But CNN’s Dan Merica said: ″The president and the White House have tried to obscure the fact that President Trump golfs on a regular basis. This is a man who ran for president, who criticized President Barack Obama regularly for playing golf during his presidency, but that criticism hasn’t continued into the Trump presidency.”
Trump has been on one of his golf clubs at least 91 times since becoming president, according to NBC News. This is not what he promised when he was on the campaign trail.
At an August 2016 presidential campaign rally, Trump said: “I’m going to be working for you. I’m not going to have time to go play golf.”