President Donald Trump is being slammed as a hypocrite for being a frequent golfer during his presidency despite being critical of Barack Obama's golfing in the past. This raises the question: How does Trump's golfing compare to Obama's?
As it turns out, Trump's current rate of golfing would result in him easily surpassing Obama by the end of eight years.
Trump went golfing at Trump International Golf Course on Sunday after launching airstrikes against Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, which would be the 16th time that he has golfed since being inaugurated as president. Obama didn't play his first round of golf until April 26, 2009.
In total, Obama went golfing 333 times as president, per CBS News White House correspondent Mark Knoller. At the current rate, Trump will have golfed over 600 times by the end of eight years.
Does this mean that Trump is a hypocrite? Let's examine his past statements on the matter.
Obama should play golf with Republicans & opponents rather than his small group of friends. That way maybe the terrible gridlock would end.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 19, 2012
"@gretawire: PresObama is not busy talking to Congress about Syria..he is playing golf ...go figure"— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 8, 2013
Can you believe that,with all of the problems and difficulties facing the U.S., President Obama spent the day playing golf.Worse than Carter— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 14, 2014
Can you believe we still have not gotten our Marine out of Mexico. He sits in prison while our PRESIDENT plays golf and makes bad decisions!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 26, 2014
"@TheBigJamesG: What kind of president doesn't get playing golf after a cruel beheading isn't the thing to do? Detached from reality he is"— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 9, 2014
While our wonderful president was out playing golf all day, the TSA is falling apart, just like our government! Airports a total disaster!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 21, 2016
Between 2011 and 2016, Trump criticized Obama for golfing at least 26 times on Twitter, according to SB Nation.
Additionally, Trump seemed to suggest on the campaign trail that he would not spend a lot of time golfing as president.
"If I were in the White House, I don’t think I'd ever see [Trump] Turnberry again," Trump said. "I don't think I'd ever see Doral again — I own Doral, in Miami. I don't think I'd ever see many of the places that I have. I don't ever think that I'd see anything. I just wanna stay in the White House and work my ass off, make great deals, right? Who's gonna leave? I mean, who's gonna leave?"
That aforementioned statement certainly warrants criticism since Trump has golfed quite a bit since becoming president. However, his tweets on Obama aren't quite as hypocritical. Trump's tweets attacking Obama's golfing seem to be focused on the fact that the world is burning and yet Obama played golf instead of putting in the time and effort to solve the world's crises. Trump certainly has his faults, but the Syrian airstrikes suggest that at least he's willing to lead on the world stage.