Trump praises Tiger Woods for comments: 'Wouldn't play the game'

President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch To ward off recession, Trump should keep his mouth and smartphone shut Trump: 'Who is our bigger enemy,' Fed chief or Chinese leader? MORE on Monday praised Tiger Woods after the golf legend shot down a question about his relationship with the president.  

"The Fake News Media worked hard to get Tiger Woods to say something that he didn’t want to say. Tiger wouldn’t play the game — he is very smart. More importantly, he is playing great golf again!" Trump tweeted. 

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After Woods finished playing in a tournament Sunday, a reporter asked him to explain his relationship with Trump given his divisive stances on issues like immigration and the national anthem.  

"He's the president of the United States. You have to respect the office. No matter who is in the office, you may like, dislike personality or the politics, but we all must respect the office," Woods responded.  

Trump and Woods have known each other for several years, and the two have golfed together, most recently last November.