"I'm going to be working for you. I'm not going to have time to go play golf,” then-candidate Donald Trump promised Americans in August 2016 — but once he entered the White House, the president quickly tossed that promise out the window.
Trump has visited his own golf clubs once every five days since winning the presidency, according to the website Trump Golf Count, which attempts to track every instance the president breaks his August 2016 promise to the American people.
And those trips don’t come cheap: Trump’s golf club outings have now cost taxpayers about $91,000,000.
Of a total 161 visits to his golf clubs, the president has spent 84 days at Mar-a-Lago and 58 days at his Bedminster, New Jersey club, according to the website. If Trump continues at this pace, he will have logged in a projected 294 visits to golf clubs in four years as president.
By comparison, former President Barack Obama played golf a total of 306 times during his eight years in office.
Though he is far outpacing his predecessor, Trump was highly critical of Obama’s golfing habit, often blasting him on Twitter for taking time out to hit the course.
“Can you believe that, with all of the problems and difficulties facing the U.S., President Obama spent the day playing golf.” Trump tweeted on Oct. 13, 2014, according to The New York Times. “Worse than Carter.”
Just one day later, Trump called out Obama again: “We pay for Obama’s travel so he can fundraise millions so Democrats can run on lies. Then we pay for his golf.”
And again in the same month, Trump complained that Obama was golfing when he should have been hard at work in the White House: “President Obama has a major meeting on the N.Y.C. Ebola outbreak, with people flying in from all over the country, but decided to play golf!” Trump tweeted.
Perhaps Trump’s old tweets criticizing Obama are in part why the administration works so hard to keep the president’s golf outings from public view.
NBC News has noted that tracking the number of times Trump golfs is a difficult task, due to his officials “keeping his traveling press pool away and often refusing to confirm whether he has played golf. Instead, social media has become a source of crowd-sourced reporting into the president's whereabouts.”