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You Won't Believe How Much Time Trump Has Actually Spent Playing Golf Since He Took Office

He's visited courses three time more frequently than his past three predecessors combined.

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When he wasn't questioning Obama's place of birth, Donald Trump spent much of the latter's presidency criticizing him for playing too much golf. But new research finds that Trump has hit the links nearly a quarter of his days in office—22 percent, or 37 of his first 170 days.

The New York Times also reports that by his fourth month in office, Trump had visited a golf course three times more frequently than his past three predecessors—combined. By comparison, President Obama golfed just once in his first 14 weeks in office.

"I love golf, but if I were in the White House? I don't think I'd ever see Turnberry again, I don't think I'd ever see Doral again," Trump told New Hampshire voters during the presidential campaign.


The president's presence on his properties, including his golf courses, has also raised questions about possible conflicts of interests.

"He's playing golf at his own golf courses," explained "Ring of Fire" co-host Farron Cousins. "So not only is he not doing work he's using our tax dollars because that's what pays for everything the president does... he's getting that money back in return because he owns those golf courses."

"There is nothing about this story that should make you happy, even if you're a hardcore Donald Trump supporter," he added.

Cousins had an offer for the president, who has admitted he thought the job of president of the United States would be "easier." 

"I'll make you this deal right now," he said. "You step down from the presidency—because you don't want to do the work—and I will never talk about you again... I think we could get a lot of folk and progressive media to go ahead and make that agreement."


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Alexandra Rosenmann is an AlterNet associate editor. Follow her @alexpreditor.