Donald Trump currently owns 17 golf courses in the U.S. and overseas, and he’s willing to give President Obama a free membership at one of them.
An outspoken Obama foe, Trump isn’t above doing a little trolling on Twitter (but regardless of politics, who isn’t these days?). Free golf for life, according to Trump’s tweet, is conditioned on the president quitting as leader of the country. See below.
Trump’s social media message was met with a mixed reaction as you can imagine, with some Twitter users particularly calling attention to the recent bankruptcy of one of Trump’s properties.
The deal for golf privileges in exchange for a resignation emerged after it was reported that Obama was denied a tee time by several exclusive courses — one of which Trump owns — in the New York City area over the busy Labor Day weekend. Trump’s offer may have been an attempt to make up for the rebuff.
Obama was in the New York area for fundraisers on Friday, August 29, and was due to stay over in Westchester County, N.Y., to attend the wedding of MSNBC host Alex Wagner and White House Chef Sam Kass. Instead, at additional taxpayer’s expense, he flew back to D.C. that night and then returned for the wedding the next day.
The president is closing in on 200 rounds of golf since he took office along with at least 400 political fundraisers with 1-percenters. As a candidate in 2008, Obama vowed that he would never even take a vacation. Although Trump’s offer may well have been tongue in cheek, Republicans and Democrats have criticized the president for being far more focused on playing golf and attending fundraisers with fat-cat political donors than coming to grips with an ongoing series of domestic and international crises. Obama received a lot of criticism across the ideological spectrum, for example, for hitting the links within a few minutes of delivering a brief speech about the James Foley beheading.
NBC News New York broke the story about the Labor Day golf misadventure:
“President Obama was turned down at several top golf courses in Westchester while he was visiting the area over Labor Day weekend, sources tell NBC 4 New York. The Trump National Golf Club, the Winged Foot and Willow Ridge were among some of the elite courses that rebuffed the president’s request to tee off there, according to several sources who were told about the president’s advance team’s calls to the club managers. Club managers apparently did not want to inconvenience their high-powered and high-paying members over Labor Day weekend by shutting down their courses to accommodate the president… Labor Day weekend is one of the busiest times of year for golf courses, and with membership at some area clubs exceeding $100,000, many courses may not have wanted to displace its members on a weekend when they would have wanted to play.”
If Obama resigns from office NOW, thereby doing a great service to the country—I will give him free lifetime golf at any one of my courses!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 10, 2014
TMZ quipped that Trump probably would have been willing to make an exception to enable President Obama accompanied by a large entourage to play golf over the Labor Day holiday “if Barack had a birth certificate on him.”
BizPac Review observed that “When it comes to golfing, President Obama doesn’t hear ‘no’ very often, but he heard it twice over the Labor Day weekend when at least three exclusive golf courses turned the president down for a round to avoid upsetting well-heeled members who didn’t want to put up with the security hassles.” According to the White House Dossier website, however, the commander in chief got in a round of golf on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend at a military base course which by virtue of his office is directly under his jurisdiction.
[source: A.F Branco, legalinsurrection.com]