The first White House press briefing of 2018 covered a wide range of topics — both foreign and domestic — as everyone scrambled to make sense of events that had occurred during the break.
But then Sanders took a question from CNN, and the conversation turned to golf — specifically the way that, according to former Press Secretary Sean Spicer, President Donald Trump was “using” golf in a different way than his predecessor, Barack Obama.
When asked to name something that Trump had accomplished during his time on the golf course — which includes 91 trips to golf courses and more than 70 confirmed games — Sanders was quick with her response:
“I think it would certainly be developing deeper and better relationships with members of Congress in which those relationships have helped push forward the president's agenda, specifically when it comes to getting the tax reform and tax cuts passed.”
But then came the follow-up question:
“If so much has been accomplished during this time, there seems to be a bit of a transparency issue with his time on the golf course. We don't always get confirmation of what he's doing there despite a lot of requests, there was this incident with the box truck...”
The truck in reference was the bane of CNN's existence for several days when, to the network's chagrin, it blocked the view into Trump's golf course in Florida:
Yesterday & 2 other times during POTUS' Winter vacation,CNN cameras captured Trump golfing, from public sidewalk. Today, not possible pic.twitter.com/EIfmWCj5kD
— Noah Gray (@NoahGrayCNN) December 27, 2017
Sanders, clearly well aware of the truck and the surrounding drama, did a fairly decent job of hiding her amusement at the question:
And her response was straight fire:
“I think it's the press that has an issue with his time on the course.”
Incidentally, in the days that followed “Truck-gate,” several trees were planted on the golf course, obscuring the view from the public street — no truck necessary.