While the Senate will vote on Thursday to potentially strip what may amount to 23 million Americans of their health coverage, Trump has decided to visit his golf club in Virginia, marking his 30th visit to one of his golf courses since taking office.
President Trump arrives at Trump National golf club in Potomac Falls, Virginia. pic.twitter.com/seFcVn07EQ
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) June 24, 2017
Per the White House press pool, the President traveled to the Trump National Golf Club in Potomac Falls, Virginia, although Trump reportedly would be “taking meetings and eating lunch.” While the President’s motorcade did not initially announce their destination, a group of people wearing golf attire filed into the car, and photos later surfaced of the motorcade arriving at Trump’s club.
— Kelly O'Donnell (@KellyO) June 24, 2017
Should Trump end up hitting the links, this would not be the first time he used the pretense of meetings to lie about his schedule.
On March 25th, while the White House assured the press pool that Trump was in “meetings,” he was photographed wearing golfing attire and, later, in a golf cart on the green. The very next day, the White House claimed Trump attended three more “meetings,” while Instagram posts surfaced showing him watching golf on television.
— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) March 25, 2017
Trump last visited his Virginia golf club at the beginning of June on the heels of a terror attack that ravaged London. The vacation was evocative of Trump’s 2014 tweet, in which he castigated Obama for spending “the day playing golf… with all of the problems and difficulties facing the U.S.”
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
Trump also got himself into hot water this week when a video showing him recklessly driving across the green – the most delicate part of a golf course – in his golf cart went viral.
While America braces itself for what may be a tragic abandonment of its democratic ideals with the impending passage of the AHCA, or “Trumpcare,” the President’s presence at a golf club goes to show exactly where his priorities lie. An estimated 29,000 Americans on average could die per year if Obamacare is repealed; their “blue collar hero” just showed exactly how concerned he is.
Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.