Trump Expected to Golf at Mar-a-Lago as His Presidency and the World Erupts in Crisis

Just days after ordering an airstrike on Syria, and as his personal lawyer heads to court over an FBI raid, President Donald Trump on Monday headed to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, putting himself in a position to golf.

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Trump will likely arrive in the Palm Beach area around 3 p.m. and stay at his resort through Thursday or possibly Sunday, Federal Aviation Administration alerts suggested. The president and the first lady were set to host Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife at Mar-a-Lago on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to The Palm Beach Post.

Though not confirmed, it would be no surprise if Trump partook in his favorite pastime during his stay at his resort, given he golfed with Abe when he visited Japan on a work trip last October. Trump and Abe are both avid golfers, and the president has golfed at Trump International Golf Club near Mar-a-Lago on many visits in the past.

A Trump administration official on Friday told The Washington Post that golfing was not on “the official schedule” during Abe’s visit “working visit,” and that “the focus is really on the discussion.”

A Japanese official said, “Eighteen holes of golf offer 18 opportunities to reinforce key points on North Korea," Washington Post reporter David Nakamura tweeted.

 

Monday marks Trump’s 17th visit to Mar-a-Lago since he took office, according to The Palm Beach Post. As of early March, Trump had spent 100 days at his golf clubs since being sworn in as president, CNN tracked. Trump spent Easter weekend at his golf club and golfed three days after visiting survivors of the deadly shooting February in Parkland, Florida.

Trump has been called a hypocrite because he criticized his predecessor, Barack Obama, for hitting golf courses. "Can you believe that, with all of the problems and difficulties facing the U.S., President Obama spent the day playing golf," Trump tweeted in 2014.

Trump's visit to Palm Beach comes days after he ordered an airstrike on Syria Friday, targeting research, storage and military sites in response to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s alleged chemical attack on his own people.

Meanwhile, Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, on Monday was scheduled to appear in a federal court hearing about a FBI raid on his office and home a week ago. The raid was related to alleged extramarital affairs Trump had before he became president. 

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