Trump golf trips: President's 11 outings on pace to out-golf Obama

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But because he used to slam President Obama, saying things like, "He played more golf past year than Tiger Woods", Trump is getting heat because he's been doing so much golfing.

"With respect to the president's tweets about alleged wiretapping directed at him by the prior administration, I have no information that supports those tweets and we have looked carefully inside the FBI", FBI Director James Comey said during testimony before the House Intelligence Committee.

Still, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Trump would not back off the claim. "No".

Spicer was asked if Trump's trips to Mar-a-Lago are justified in light of spending cuts proposed in Trump's budget. Palm Beach County taxpayers have spent more than $1.5 million since the November 8 election to provide local law enforcement to supplement Secret Service protection of Trump.

But with the president sneaking off, we're going to need a little birdie to tell us when he's gone golfing.

"You saw him utilise this with Prime Minister Abe to help foster a deeper relationship in Asia and have a growing relationship that's going to help USA interests", Spicer said.

"The president's very clear that he works seven days a week". He brings people down there.

Asked directly if Obama was angered by Trump's claims, Mastromonaco said "I don't know how angry he is". "In his first eight weeks in office, President Trump has made at least 10 trips to the golf course", he said.

"How you use the game of golf is something that he's talked about", Spicer said of the president.

The White House official referred to comments by former CIA Acting Director Michael Morrell and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper that they have seen no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. As a CBS reporter tweeted, "White House press aide wouldn't say if POTUS played golf".

Since taking office, however, Trump, an avid golfer who is reportedly a better player than his predecessor, has not shied away from his favourite pastime. "So just because he heads there doesn't mean that that's what's happening", Spicer said. "The president's entitled to a bit of privacy at some point".