This should not be at all that big a deal. As the Post noted, Trump paid for the simulator and the installation out of his own pocket. And, as the Post also noted, former President Barack Obama had an “older, less sophisticated” golf simulator installed in the White House during his time there.
Presidents have a lot on their minds. And they can’t just duck out to play a quick 18 holes on a whim. If swinging a club in a gold simulator helps them think, more power to them!
The private citizen — and even presidential candidate — Donald Trump repeatedly bashed former President Barack Obama for how much he played golf, and pledged that he wouldn’t have any time for the sport if he was elected.
“Pres Obama is not busy talking to Congress about Syria..he is playing golf …go figure,” Trump tweeted in 2013.
And this from 2014: “Obama has admitted that he spends his mornings watching @ESPN. Then he plays golf, fundraises & grants amnesty to illegals.”
And even this from 2016: “President Obama should have gone to Louisiana days ago, instead of golfing. Too little, too late.”
It wasn’t just that Trump didn’t approve of Obama’s golfing. It was that he pledged as a candidate that he wouldn’t repeat Obama’s mistakes!
Now, I suppose you could argue that playing golf on a simulator in the White House isn’t the same thing as playing golf outside. And that a golf simulator is a more efficient way to play that takes less time because, well, you don’t need to drive to an actual course or walk to every shot you hit.
But to do that excuses Trump’s broader hypocrisy here.
Trump played golf on February 3 with Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods at the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach. It was his 168th visit to a Trump golf property since he has been President — although the White House very rarely confirms that Trump plays golf during his visit to his golf courses. (Of course, he spends five-ish hours there — the time it takes to play a round of golf — and is always dressed to play golf.)
Again, NONE of this should matter. Not the golf. Not the golf simulator. But Trump has only himself to blame. If you are going to make playing golf a standard by which presidential work rate is judged, then you have to abide by it.
So, that should clear that up!