Over the last few weeks, President Trump has faced some criticism for his multiple golf outings since entering the White House.Ian MacNicol/Getty Images
For those wondering, Trump has hit the course 16 times, putting him on track to end up playing much more golf than his predecessor.
On top of that, he attacked President Obama for golfing during his time in office.
Can you believe that,with all of the problems and difficulties facing the U.S., President Obama spent the day playing golf.Worse than Carter
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 14, 2014
While many ponder why Trump would be playing so much golf, especially considering he threw shade at Obama for doing the same activity, Trump’s son Eric has some answers.Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
According to Eric, golfing for President Trump is used as a way to truly communicate with people on a level that sitting in an office doesn’t allow.
Eric spoke with The Irish Independent at a Trump-owned course in Doonbeg, Ireland, on Monday, where he insisted that the golf course was a business and relationship-building tactic:
“You can sit with somebody in a golf cart where there might be cultural differences and language barriers and have a good time and build a friendship in a way that you could never do sitting across an office table from someone.”
Eric later referred to Trump’s golf outing with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping at his Mar-a-Lago course:
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“Mar-a-Lago is an amazing estate that has been a very effective tool for (my father) to go down and get to know somebody while not sitting — no different to you wanting to sit next to me on this couch today — not sitting across a wooden partition, which instantly makes a relationship more strenuous.”
While golfing may help the president get to know people better, it does come with an expense — one that costs every American citizen.Ian MacNicol/Getty Images
According to estimates from The New York Daily News, Trump’s multiple golf outings to Florida has not only put him on pace to play much more golf than Obama but is also putting him on track to cost taxpayers more money on travel during his first year than Obama cost taxpayers during his eight years in office.