- President Joe Biden played golf for the first time as president on Saturday, his 87th day in office.
- By contrast, former President Donald Trump first played golf 15 days into his tenure in 2017.
- During his time as president, Trump played golf nearly 300 times, according to a tracker.
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Saturday marked the first time President Joe Biden played golf while in office. It was his 87th day as president.
Former President Donald Trump, in contrast, played golf on his 15th day in office in 2017 after getting inaugurated.
Between Inauguration Day 2017 and April 29, 2017 – Trump’s 100th day in office – the former president visited a golf course nearly every weekend for a total of 19 times, according to tracker Trump Golf Count. At the end of his first year as president, Trump spent more than a third of the year at one of his golf courses.
Biden on Saturday played at the Wilmington Country Club near his home in Delaware. White House pool reporters said he was golfing with adviser Steve Ricchetti and his late son Beau’s father-in-law, Ron Olivere.
Trump generally played golf at his own properties like the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Florida, the golf-tracking website shows.
During his four-year tenure in office, Trump played golf nearly 300 times, the tracker says.
Prior to entering office, he would frequently blast his predecessor, former President Barack Obama, for golfing, saying he would never “have time” to play if he were in the role.
And during his presidency, Trump downplayed the amount of time he spent on the course and falsely claimed Obama played more than he did.
“I know many in business and politics that work out endlessly, in some cases to a point of exhaustion. It is their number one passion in life, but nobody complains,” Trump once tweeted. “My ‘exercise’ is playing, almost never during the week, a quick round of golf. Obama played more and much longer rounds, no problem.”
Obama did play more rounds of golf than Trump – but that was over the course of a two-term tenure. In his eight years as president, Obama played 333 rounds of golf.
The frequency sometimes interrupted daily workflow and duties, as Trump’s aides tried and failed to reach him while he was golfing.
Biden, meanwhile, has gained recognition as one of the top 150 players in Washington, DC.
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