Trump makes ninth golf course visit in seven weeks in office


President Trump paid a visit to one of his golf courses again Saturday, marking apparently his ninth visit to a golf course in the seven weeks since he took office.

But the reason for the trip to Trump National Golf Club in Virginia, about 25 miles outside Washington, wasn’t exactly leisure.

Trump hosted several Cabinet secretaries at the club to discuss healthcare reform efforts, the economy and national security issues, according to pool reports. He also praised the Secret Service for its efforts to stop an intruder at the White House.

An early pool report mentioning his golf club visit did not state whether the president was actually playing golf or if he was just visiting the club.

White House aide Dan Scavino was quick to push back on initial reports about the president’s visit to the club. He noted that the president was meeting with senior staff and Cabinet officials, indicating that he was there for work and not to play golf.

Trump has made several weekend trips to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla., as well, calling the property the “Winter White House.” Saturday’s trip marked his ninth since taking office, according to an NBC editor.

Before becoming president, Trump frequently complained about former President Barack Obama playing golf, arguing that he should instead be working. But since taking office, Trump hasn’t been shy about hitting the golf course himself.

Updated: 5:52 p.m. 

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