A president in command of his faculties and on top of a developing foreign policy emergency has no need to be defensive while in the midst of attempting to handle the crisis.
Naturally, as Donald Trump faces the successful storming of the American embassy compound in Iraq by a crowd of locals angry over the U.S. airstrikes on an Iranian-backed Iraqi militia this weekend, foremost on his mind was attacking the media that portrayed him as golfing while the embassy burned.
The Fake News said I played golf today, and I did NOT! I had meeting in various locations, while closely monitoring the U.S. Embassy situation in Iraq, which I am still doing. The Corrupt Lamestream Media knew this but, not surprisingly, failed to report or correct!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 31, 2019
The president’s angry retort to the press reports that accurately reported his brief visit to his Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Florida, proved that a nerve had been hit in the man who once claimed that “I’m not going to have time to go play golf” once he became president yet has already spent 236 days of his term doing exactly that.
Unfortunately for Trump, his denial is based primarily on semantics, since, although he may indeed not actually have picked up his drivers and irons today, the White House press pool assigned to cover his every move has hard evidence that he actually did visit the golf course’s clubhouse today at the very least, hence the weaselly fudge of “meetings in various locations.”
The denizens of Twitter are finely attuned to the president’s con games and called him out on his failure to grasp that whether or not he was actually playing golf versus visiting the golf course, it was time spent not attending to the diplomatic and military crisis that was unfolding halfway around the world as most people expect their commander-in-chief to do.
Trump didn't golf today, but he did 8 of the previous 9 days.
— Dr. K 🏳️🌈 🌊 (@SteveKinholt) December 31, 2019
Other US Presidents have cut short their vacations to return to Washington DC to monitor the situation. This #IMPOTUS has never cut short a vacation for any natural disaster or national security issues.
— Eric Williams (@Eric19755) December 31, 2019
— Tweed 💎 (@TweedSuitEsq) December 31, 2019
the president was in "various locations" today. with his girlfriend. you don't know her. she goes to a different school. in canada
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) December 31, 2019
I think he's regretting his decision to run to mar-a-loco and is trying to backtrack it. But to be fair, the source that claimed he was headed to his golf course is known for being a big, fat liar.https://t.co/BNPpVZaxHR
— Arlo Walker (@ArloTWalker) December 31, 2019
Note to self dude: When lying about not golfing, make sure your golf partner doesn't post any pics of your outing too J/S pic.twitter.com/oPs3Az493P
— Cheryl Gage (@dancer39532) December 31, 2019
This is the daily public schedule for Donald Trump, as provided by the White House Press Office.https://t.co/1AbiBRgMf4
The President goes to Trump International Golf Club (9:50 AM – 4:08 PM)
— Bill Spilman (@wrs_willoughby) December 31, 2019
As if the world needed more proof that Donald Trump couldn’t tell the truth if his life — or the security of the nation and our diplomatic corps – depended on it, the president delivered today. It’s too bad that he can’t be depended on to deliver anything else.
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Vinnie Longobardo is a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music and art.