President Trump was seen golfing after insisting that he’s not on vacation (video below).
On Aug. 4, the president arrived for a 17-day stay at the his golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey, accompanied by his daughter Ivanka, son-in-law Jared Kushner and his grandchildren, reports the New York Daily News.
Upon arrival, Trump tweeted: “Working in Bedminster, N.J., as long planned construction is being done at the White House. This is not a vacation — meetings and calls.”
A White House official referred to the trip as a “working vacation,” but declined to say if Trump would be golfing.
A video obtained by WPVI seems to have put an end to the speculation. The footage shows the president at Bedminster on Aug. 5, wearing a white polo shirt and golf shoes.
Trump’s latest round of golf provides more fuel for critics who say Trump spends too much time playing and not enough time working.
This “working vacation” marks the President’s 45th trip to a Trump-owned golf course, with Bedminster holding the prize for most-visited.
Trump has now spent 45 out of his 198 days in office at his golf properties, according to NBC’s calculations.
In comparison, Barack Obama had golfed just 11 times at the same point in his presidency, though Trump has often accused Obama for spending too much time on the golf course.
Not only has Trump spent more time golfing than did Obama, but he has spent more time golfing than his three predecessors combined, according to a report issued in April by The New York Times.
When running for president, Trump said that he wouldn’t have time for golf if elected. “I’m going to be working for you, I’m not going to have time to play golf. Believe me,” he told a Virginia crowd in August 2016. “I’d just want to stay in the White House and work my ass off and make great deals,” he said at a rally in New Hampshire.
In the president’s defense, The White House says he uses his time on the golf course to foster relationships with world leaders and lawmakers.
“Just because Mr. Trump is at a golf course, it does not necessarily mean he’s playing golf,” said White House press secretary Sean Spicer in March.
Since being elected, Trump has spent most of his weekends in Florida, racking up an estimated bill of about $23 million over his 10 weeks in office, reports the BBC.
The weekend trips cost the taxpayer somewhere in the region of $3.3 million per trip, based estimates by the General Accounting Office.
In addition, while First Lady Melania Trump was living in Manhattan from January to June, it cost the state of New York an estimated $58 million per year, according to the New York Police Department.