Eric Trump defends president’s golf trips


President Trump’s son on Monday said his father uses his golf outings to strengthen his ties with potential allies.

“You can sit with somebody in a golf cart where there might be cultural differences and language barriers and have a good time and build a friendship with somebody in a way you could never do sitting across an office table from someone,” Eric Trump told The Irish Independent.

He added that the president often hosts guests at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla., the same way former President George W. Bush greeted people at his ranch in Crawford, Texas.

{mosads}“Mar-a-Lago is an amazing estate that has been a very effective tool for [my father] to go down and get to know somebody while not sitting … across a wooded partition, which instantly makes a relationship more strenuous.”

President Trump visited Trump International Golf Club near Mar-a-Lago last Saturday, which was reportedly his 18th visit to a golf course since becoming president in January.

Reports emerged last week that the Secret Service has spent more than $35,000 in golf cart rentals at Mar-a-Lago since Inauguration Day. 

Estimates released earlier this month show that Trump’s trips have cost more than $20 million so far, nearly the amount spent by former President Obama during his first two years in office combined.

Obama spent approximately $97 million on travel during his eight years in office, averaging $12.12 million annually.

Trump repeatedly criticized Obama’s golfing trips before launching a presidential campaign to succeed him last year.

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