Trump says that the four-time major victor has become and remains a close friend of the family, despite the blowback he received from playing a round of golf with the newly elected president.
As I read Scot Lehigh's canny assessment of President Trump's adjustment process ("Reality confronts Trump", Opinion, April 14), one quote from the chief executive jumped off the page. That's equivalent to seven out of the 13 weekends he's been in office.
Bingham Island is situated nearby Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort, where the president was spending the Easter holiday. The website either has a "yes" or a "no" displayed in large letters that answers the question the website's title poses.
President Donald Trump was in town at the time the incident occurred and staying at the resort, which has been called the 'Winter White House, ' located in Palm Beach. Democrats continuously relitigate the sideshow issue of Trump's tax returns (newsflash: This was settled by the Electoral College).
First, as I pointed out above, the hypocrisy present here is astonishing.
Though campaigns focus on the promises of candidates, presidencies are more about reacting to circumstances than enacting plans in a static policy environment. "I think it's smart that he does business in Washington DC, so I've had those same concerns myself", the Republican lawmaker said. One could argue, in fact, that the world would be better off if this particular president spent every single day on the links and hired competent, experienced professionals to run the country. Heck, Trump has signed more than double the number of bills Obama did in the same period back in 2009.
Now, without an obvious foe to define himself against, Trump appears to be working out his foreign policy views by asking "What would Obama do" and then doing the opposite.
Of course, it is possible that Trump will spend less time at Mar-a-Lago during the summer, when the Florida heat and humidity soar. His visits raise ethical concerns because Mar-a-Lago is his privately owned commercial property. "Hostile intelligence services would love to plant bugs in a place like this", John McLaughlin, a former acting CIA director, said about Mar-a-Lago in an interview with Politico.
It's important to keep things in perspective and acknowledge that as president Trump has a right to take a trip occasionally just as his predecessors did.
Challenging critics of Friday's announcement that the White House will not voluntarily release its visitor logs, Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Monday accused the Obama administration of a "faux attempt" at transparency and said the Trump administration was following both law and tradition.