President Donald Trump's press secretary defended his boss's penchant for golfing on Monday, saying the commander-in-chief uses the sport in a different way than his predecessor did.
Now that Trump is President, the comments are coming back to complicate his golf habit.
Most members of President Trump's Cabinet do not have senior leadership teams or top deputies in place amid historically slow nominating and hiring of White House appointees, "but they do have an influential coterie of senior aides installed by the White House who are charged - above all - with monitoring the secretaries' loyalty", The Washington Post reported Sunday, citing "eight officials in and outside the administration".
Donald Trump practices his swing at the 13th tee of his new Trump International Golf Links course near Aberdeen, Scotland in 2011.
It has also been revealed - through golf blogs and media reports - that Trump has played with top professional golfers such as Rory McIlroy, one of the top-ranked golfers in the world. While hosting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Palm Beach last month, Trump also played a full round with the foreign leader and professional golfer Ernie Els. He has visited the course all 10 times he has golfed since becoming President.
"I have frequently dined in Trump Grill, had lunch in Trump Café, had coffee meetings in the Starbucks at Trump Tower, attended events and spent many hours in campaign headquarters on the fifth floor previous year", Page wrote. We don't have time for this. The two played a total of 27 holes in a single day at two of Trump's golf clubs near Mar-a-Lago, the president's winter resort where he has spent most weekends since taking office.
Flynn, meanwhile, was one of the president's closest advisers throughout the campaign and the transition, frequently traveling on his plane.
Testifying before the House Intelligence Committee on Monday, FBI Director James Comey confirmed - for the first time publicly - that the FBI was investigating "the Russian government's efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election" and their possible connection to Trump's presidential campaign. "We have to work".
"President Obama has a major meeting on the NYC Ebola outbreak, with people flying in from all over the country, but made a decision to play golf!"
Now, citing the President's privacy, Trump's aides are left trying to hide the President's frequent golfing.