Donald Trump arrived at the golf course Wednesday morning less than a an hour and a half after the White House told reporters he would have a busy day of work.
It’s the 74th round of his presidency, most of which have come at golf courses he owns.
The president most recently teed off with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during his Asia trip on Nov. 5.
The White House told reporters that the president would have a full day of meetings and phone calls Wednesday in West Palm Beach, Florida
Less than a half-hour later Donald Trump arrived at his Trump International Golf Club
Trump was photographed with a putter in his hand – a rarity – during his Nov. 5 round with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
The day’s first press ‘pool’ report was emailed to reporters at 7:57 a.m., relating that a White House press aide said she expected a ‘low-key day’ in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Trump and his family are spending the Thanksgiving holiday at his Mar-a-Lago resort there.
Ten minutes later, at 8:07 a.m., the pool reporter dashed off a breathless correction.
‘While the White House communications staff expects the press pool to have a “low-key day”,’ the journalist wrote, ‘the president will NOT have a low-key day and has a full schedule of meetings and phone calls.’
The series of morning White House press pool reports came at 7:57, 8:07, 9:15 and 9:26
At 9:15, barely an hour after that clarification, Trump’s motorcade pulled out of Mar-a-Lago.
With roads blocked off, the president arrived at Trump International Golf Club at 8:26.
‘The pool will be holding at a public library across the street,’ the reporter wrote.
‘The pool has not seen POTUS this morning.’
Trump’s family business owns or operates 17 different golf properties around the world, including 12 in the U.S.
In addition to the West Palm Beach location, the president has played this year at his courses in Sterling, Virginia and Bedminster, New Jersey.
This month in Seoul the president promoted his Garden State club during a high-stakes speech to the South Korean National Assembly.
‘Korean golfers are some of the best on earth. In fact – and you know what I’m going to say – the Women’s U.S. Open was held this year at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey,’ he boasted.
‘And it just happened to be won by a great Korean golfer, Sung Hyun-Park.’
The Trump family is staying at the president’s palatial Mar-a-Lago resort club in Florida
The president greeted supporters on the tarmac after stepping off Air Force One with first lady Melania Trump, back right, at the Palm Beach International Airport on Tuesday evening
The Trumps will spend the Thanksgiving holiday in West Palm Beach
The White House has generally forbidden the press pool – a daily rotating cast of reporters who try to keep tabs on Trump’s location and activities – from getting anywhere near him when he swings a club.
Trump told DailyMail.com last year during a mid-campaign trip to visit his two courses in Scotland that he didn’t want anyone to photograph him taking a practice swing or even holding a club while he was there.
‘That’s all I need,’ he said in June 2016, ‘and then the press will say I played 18. I’m not playing golf. I’m trying to become president, right?’