The White House is maintaining silence about whether President Donald Trump played golf on Wednesday, even after photos emerged showing him on the course wearing a golf glove on one hand.
While Trump has frequently visited the golf courses he owns since taking office in January, the White House has never answered questions about whether the president has played the game on these visits. Trump is currently spending more than two weeks at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J. However, the president has insisted this is not a vacation and has said he is “working hard” while the White House is undergoing renovations. A White House official described the trip as a “working vacation.”
Despite the White House’s secrecy surrounding Trump’s golf habit, evidence of the president’s games has popped up on social media with guests at his clubs posting pictures of him on the course. That happened again on Wednesday when Mike Fazio, a New Yorker who runs a staffing company, shared a pair of photos on social media on that appeared to show him standing next to Trump on a putting green.
In Fazio’s images, Trump was wearing golf shoes, a golf glove and a red “Make America Great Again” cap. In a note he published on both Facebook and Instagram, Fazio said he played a full game of golf with the president.
“Fantastic day golfing with #45 @realdonaldtrump at Trump Bedminister [sic] today. We had an exciting match which came down to the 18th hole. I want to thank my good friend Rich Levine for setting up such an awesome day,” Fazio wrote.
As the day began, Los Angeles Times reporter Noah Bierman asked White House deputy press secretary Lindsay Walters about the president’s schedule. Bierman said Walters “would not reveal what he was doing, who he will be with or what he may be speaking about today” and “declined to say whether he is golfing.” After Fazio’s photos emerged, Yahoo News contacted Walters and White House press secretary Sarah Sanders to ask whether Trump played golf on Wednesday. Neither Walters or Sanders responded.
Prior to his election, Trump repeatedly criticized his predecessor, President Barack Obama, for golfing and going on vacations. At a White House press briefing in March, Yahoo News asked how Trump’s golfing is different than Obama’s. Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer argued Trump conducts meetings with his playing partners. Spicer also suggested the public shouldn’t assume Trump is playing golf every…