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Mar202017

Spicer On Trump's Golf: "He is ‘entitled to a bit of privacy'"

President Donald Trump's criticism of former president Barack Obama's Sunday golf rounds has been well-documented. So as the (now) sitting president hangs out at Trump International with regularity, his passion for the game has become of great interest to those who documented Obama's golf habit.

Press secretary Sean Spicer says the president is entitled to his privacy and therefore should not be accountable for his affinity to tee it up on the record, reports Politico's Kelsey Sutton.

“It’s the same reason he can have lunch or dinner with somebody,” Spicer told Yahoo White House correspondent Hunter Walker when asked why Trump had not provided more information about the details of the meetings conducted on the golf course. “The president is entitled to a bit of privacy at this point, which we’ve always agreed to. We bring the protective pool, but the president is entitled to a bit of privacy as well.”

Spicer's comments:

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The more golf he plays the less he tweets and the less opportunity he has to totally screw things up. So, good golfing Don!
03.21.2017 | Unregistered CommenterWhat happened
No problem with him playing golf except that it's the 1000th example of his voters getting conned.
03.21.2017 | Unregistered CommenterMatt
Yep, better to have him on the course shooting his usual 71 than at large with his Twitter machine. But, really, he could play at Army-Navy, Andrews, or even Burning Tree, with the other politicians. And their policies would fit right in with the Ol' Pussy Grabber. Anyway, I don't remember the Previous Occupant flying to a "Western White House" in Chicago 4 weekends out of 5 to play Cog Hill or Jackson Park, even in spring-summer-fall.
03.21.2017 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
I'm sure my opinion on the matter echos how the majority feels. I could care less if my president plays golf and provided it doesn't detract from his work....he/she should play as much as needed to relax in that pressure chamber.

My problem is the complete hypocrisy that he and his supporters practice. When the prior president played his critics pointed to him not working (see lazy) and taking advantage of the perks of the job. Hell....Trump even tweeted his disgust (imagine that). Now? Nary a peep except the now-old mantra: "Just get off his back and give him a chance."
03.21.2017 | Unregistered CommenterCroDad
The hypocrisy of Spicer is beyond believe.

Kye - not sure Burning Tree would welcome Trump other than once or twice a year... After Eisenhower this was about all the club could stomach from sitting presidents including Nixon, who was a BT member!

You are right about Andrews which was where Obama played the vast majority of his 300 or so rounds while president. Cost little to the taxpayer and rather considerate by Obama since it screwed up only one of Andrew's three courses leaving the other two for the active duty folks.
03.21.2017 | Unregistered CommenterJonathan
Yes, this is the first cycle in which hypocrisy reared its head in this arena...

Did Bush catch any heat for his ranch time before Obama was allowed his R&R?
03.21.2017 | Unregistered CommenterJS
Trump could play his course in NoVa and skip the trips to Florida. Clinton played Army Navy a lot (private club with a ton of retired brass as members because of the membership policies. Also takes civilian members.) Obama played Andrews. Playing the military bases is easier on the security detail for obvious reasons. Although, I have a friend who is in JAG and said he teed off 1 right before Obama came up 9 or 18 and a secret service guy in a cart came up and asked to wand him and check his bag.

The idea that Trump uses golf "differently" is laughable. Remember the Biden-Obama-Boehner-Kasich match?
03.21.2017 | Unregistered CommenterThe O
At least Trump understands that golf is an opportunity to do business with foreign leaders like Prime Minister Abe. Obama played with his "good friend" Reggie Love and Marvin Nicholson, which I doubt conferred any benefits to the American people.
03.21.2017 | Unregistered CommenterScott
Scott - yeah. Trump needs to confer with the likes of Rory to advance world peace. Most of Trumps rounds will be with his inner circle and occasionally members at Trump.
03.21.2017 | Unregistered CommenterJonathan
Kind of tough to grow the game when the office of the presidency will be denigrated by the other side for playing golf regardless of who is in the office.

Sad, really.
03.21.2017 | Unregistered CommenterConvert
Argue the +/- of the GAO,however it's "estimated" $3,000,000 per Mar A Lago " Winter White House "trip.
So, let's do our tax payer math.
52 weekends = $152,000,000
Full 4 year term = $608,000,000.

Now while we know that he has graciously declined a govt. salary,a $12,000,000 a month weekend allowance does not appear to be in step with his promise of cutting Govt. spending.

Just sayng, rob
03.21.2017 | Unregistered Commentermainuh
I doubt Trump playing golf is helping out the growth of the game...can't imagine many millennials wanting to emulate the Donald!

Trump is the opposite of cool.
03.21.2017 | Unregistered CommenterManku
Jeanne Moos of cnn on this issue:

http://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2017/03/20/golfer-in-chief-moos-pkg-erin.cnn/video/playlists/wacky-world-of-jeanne-moos/

Once again, King Donald seduced and betrayed his followers. " I'll be too busy...."
03.21.2017 | Unregistered CommenterSteven T.
https://twitter.com/fangsbites/status/844240652749565954
03.21.2017 | Unregistered CommenterPG
It won't matter. He will be out of office within one year. Lol. You Trump supporters got conned. Oh wait let's call for another Benghazi investigation. Trump money launderer in chief.
03.21.2017 | Unregistered Commenterv60
The idea that the true incremental cost of him going to FL for the weekend is 3 million a pop is ridiculous. I'm sure most of that is in Air Force one Cost as well as secret service cost, most of which, other than fuel, would be incurred no matter where he is located.
03.21.2017 | Unregistered CommenterBrianS
This thread now has me interested in some things as they pertain to Trump's travel and golf:

When he travels to WPB for his weekends where do the Secret Service and his administration stay? Is lit Mar-a-lago?
What is the cost?

To say that it is effectively the same cost for Trump to travel to Florida as it would be if he stayed in DC is simply foolish. There is the cost of operating Air Force One...his SS detail....their lodging and per diems. Beefed up security for Mar-a-lago. Of course we have the additional security for his wife and youngest in NYC.

This stinks more as we delve further....
03.21.2017 | Unregistered CommenterCroDad
Carl Peterson is 10000% correct!
03.21.2017 | Unregistered CommenterThe O
Actually Shannon Watts is 10000% correct!

CroDad, what I think you are starting to get at, which some tried to talk about before the election is:
The cost of his trips are one thing - the fact that it's mandated that staff, security, etc etc have to stay at Trump properties while traveling is quite another. This is going to be like a stinking onion that takes 4 years to peel all the layers off, only to arrive at a disgusting, rotten core. And we'll probably still have scott here defending him with laughable bs.
03.21.2017 | Unregistered CommenterPress Agent
More than one great club on Long Island has declined the ask by Barry.
03.21.2017 | Unregistered CommenterPartisan
"Scott - yeah. Trump needs to confer with the likes of Rory to advance world peace."

That's awesome Jonathan, thanks.

BrianS, why am I not surprised by your response. I know it's painful for a conservative guy like you, but you seem so reasonable and yet just can't quite free yourself from the absurdity of this tool. I like the loyalty but come on, we all know better than to say it's the same cost if he stays in DC and plays.
03.21.2017 | Unregistered CommenterPK
And so, if the national debt is down by $100B, does that cover his $600M over the next 4 years?

Next!

Even money it's a USGA bomb thread...
03.21.2017 | Unregistered CommenterJS
I refer to Sean Spicer as "Pretzel Man", as he twists everything he says to defend the pathological liar in the White House. The good news is that Sean is probably the only one in the White House who is not the subject of a criminal investigation.

I heard through an acquaintance who has a friend who played a couple of times a year with Trump that he never stops talking and every second sentence has the F word in it.
03.21.2017 | Unregistered CommenterBuffett
I love the pain, keep it up. Most of the bitter posters loosing months off their lives.
03.21.2017 | Unregistered CommenterRors
So far, the only foreign leader Turmp has golfed with is Abe, President of Japan, and neither Turmp nor Spicey have indicated what benefit was achieved tor the USA. No surprise that they are attempting to invoke privacy, since nothing but golf is getting accomplished during Turmp's rounds.
03.21.2017 | Unregistered CommenterGutta Percha
" And so, if the national debt is down by $100B, does that cover his $600M over the next 4 years? -JS "

Uh, the exact opposite will happen. Turmp will blow up the debt, just as Bush II and Reagan did. If the USA increases spending (defense up by 54 bil) and cuts taxes drastically, the debt will grow. Selling Turmp's proposed fiscal policy and promising less debt is what was characterized by Bush I as "voodoo economics".
03.21.2017 | Unregistered CommenterGutta Percha
You have to give Sean "Pretzel" Spicer credit for his attempts at manipulation. Here, he says, “The president is entitled to a bit of privacy at this point, which we’ve always agreed to. " No one else agreed to that. Spicey is attempting a variation of the Jedi mid trick in using the words "always agreed to." It would be kinda-maybe like getting caught speeding and saying to the officer, "I'm entitled to some speeding, which I've always agreed to."
03.21.2017 | Unregistered CommenterGutta Percha
A shank to his groin with a 5 iron would be appreciated.
03.22.2017 | Unregistered CommenterStevie
Scott,

Trump has played exactly ONE round so far with a world leader. Every other round has been with a campaign contributor, PGA/LPGA pro, business friend and/or a Mar-a-Lago member.

Brian,

The costs of securing POTUS (and his kleptocratic spawn) away from the WH are exorbitant. Nice try at spinning, but Obama running over to Andrews AFB wasn't even remotely in such a ball park.

The man is a fraud...but ideologues have a hard time getting past their blurry lenses to see the truth.
03.22.2017 | Unregistered CommenterLong Ball

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