When a reporter pointed out Trump’s criticisms of former President Barack Obama golfing habit, Spicer putted back at him citing the President’s recent meeting he had on the golf course with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
“You saw him utilize this as opportunity with Prime Minister Abe to help foster deeper relationships in Asia and have a growing relationship that’s going to help U.S. interests,” Spicer said. “How you use the game of golf is something that he’s talked about.”
The press secretary also argued the president has not always participated in the rounds while at the golf course. Spicer said the President recently held a “mini cabinet meeting” at his club in Virginia.
“On a couple of occasions he’s actually conducted meetings there, he’s actually had phone calls, so just because he heads there doesn’t mean that that’s what’s happening,” Spicer said.
In the first eight weeks of his presidency, Trump has made at least 10 trips to the golf course.
On the president’s most recent trip to the links, the White House told the press pool that he was taking meetings and calls at the club, only to admit he may have “hit a few balls” after a photo of him wearing a golf glove was released on Twitter.
Spicer said there aren’t more detailed readouts of Trump’s meetings and productivity on the golf course because Trump is “entitled to a bit of privacy.”
More Must-Read Stories From TIME
- How an Online Pharmacy Sold Millions Worth Of Dubious COVID-19 Drugs — While Patients Paid the Price
- Why Literally Millions of Americans Are Quitting Their Jobs
- Meet the Women Participating in the Study That Could Change Future of Breast Cancer
- Inside the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of Tomorrow's Business Leaders
- An Innovative Washington Law Aims to Get Foreign-Trained Doctors Back in Hospitals
- Why the Ex-Husband of a Missing Chinese Billionaire Is Risking All to Tell Their Story
- Timothée Chalamet Wants You to Wear Your Heart on Your Sleeve