Almost fourteen months into his presidency, Donald Trump has reached a dubious milestone that none before him have achieved: He’s spent his 100th day at a golf club bearing his own name.
Considering he’s only been in office for 408 days, that means he’s spent almost 25 percent of his time at a Trump-branded golf club, including during the funerals of Parkland victims, while millions of Americans remained without water and power in Puerto Rico, and for an entire week after Christmas.
The landmark was reached on Saturday at Trump’s club in Palm Beach County, Florida. CNN reports that this is one of the four Trump courses that the president has visited since he took his oath, in addition to Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Florida; Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia; and Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey.
While our wonderful president was out playing golf all day, the TSA is falling apart, just like our government! Airports a total disaster!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 21, 2016
Trump was extremely critical of President Obama’s golfing habits. Before he got into office, Trump infamously said that he wouldn’t have time to play golf if he was president. But since his inauguration, he has spent a staggering amount of time at his golf properties — and he is showing no signs of stopping any time soon. Around Christmas time, Trump spent nine out of 10 days playing golf. In January, he spent Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on the golf course.
This is one of the most tumultuous times in Trump’s perpetually volatile presidency. Many Puerto Ricans still don’t have power. In the wake of the Parkland shooting, the country is embroiled in a debate over gun control — and Trump has offered no clear way forward. Trump’s impetuous announcement of tariffs on steel and aluminum imports has left the economy and international relations in flux. This week, one of Trump’s closest confidants, Communications Director Hope Hicks, announced that she will soon be resigning. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference of the 2016 presidential election seems to be intensifying. His son-in-law and policy advisor Jared Kushner recently had his security clearance revoked.
Oh, and there’s the looming threat of nuclear war with North Korea.
Luckily for us, Trump is taking the time to practice his chip shots.