When Donald Trump Isn’t Playing Golf, He’s Watching It: After France Visit President Heads for U.S. Women’s Open 2017

Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States, found himself back on familiar ground on Friday—talking about golf.

Trump watched a military parade alongside French President Emmanuel Macron to commemorate the storming of the Bastille in 1789, the tipping-point of the French Revolution.

The Bastille Day parade marked the end of Trump’s 24-hour visit to France, during which he discussed the Paris Climate Accord with Macron, dined on lobster and caviar and attracted criticism for telling Brigitte Macron she was “in such good shape.”

Trump also appeared slightly confused by a brass band playing Daft Punk’s greatest hits, and even then he found time for one of his really long, incredibly awkward handshakes with Macron.

After all that, it must have been a relief to head for safer pastures. Trump Tweeted on Friday: “Left Paris for U.S.A. Will be heading to New Jersey and attending the US Women’s Open, their most important tournament, this afternoon.”

 

 

Trump’s vast appetite for golf is no secret and it hasn’t let up since he assumed office. In February, Trump entertained Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on his Mar-a-Lago course, using a $3,755 gold-plated club Abe had gifted him following his November election victory over Hillary Clinton.

The 2017 U.S. Women’s Open may be of particular interest to Trump, as it’s being held on one of his courses, Trump National Golf Club, in Bedminster. Golf may once have been an escape for the president from the problems of his presidency, but even Trump’s favorite hobby is now giving him strife. USA Today reported on July 10 that Trump had threatened the United States Golf Association (USGA) with legal action two years ago if it moved this year’s tournament from his course.

Trump’s history of sexual harassment, including the infamous Access Hollywood tape in which he can be heard boasting about groping women, has also caused awkwardness for the USGA, the organizer of the U.S. Women’s Open. USA Today reported that the question, “Does the USGA have a position on sexual assault?” went unanswered at a press conference on Friday to mark the start of the tournament, with the governing body’s official response emailed hours later.