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Washington Post asks public for help identifying Trump’s golf partners

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Donald Trump arrives to play golf at his Trump International Golf
Club in West Palm Beach, Florida.

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  • The Washington Post put out
    a call Friday for help from the public in identifying people
    who have played golf with President Donald Trump.
  • Of the 110 days he’s played golf during his presidency,
    only 22 have been identified by the White House after an ethics
    watchdog group filed a lawsuit last year.
  • The Post said it is asking the public for help naming
    Trump’s golfing partners because he often limits press access
    when he visits his resorts and golf clubs in Florida, New
    Jersey, and Virginia.

The Washington Post issued a
call Friday for the public to help it identify some of the people
who have played golf with President Donald Trump since he took
office.

Trump has spent 110 days of his presidency on a golf
course, but just 22 people have been identified so far as having
joined him.

Trump is known for frequenting the golf clubs he owns in Florida,
Virginia, and New Jersey. While there, he often limits press
access and plays away from the public eye. The Post cited that as
a reason why it was difficult to identify his golf partners.

“In part this is because Trump chooses to play on courses where
he can keep outside observers from seeing what’s going on,” the
report said. “That also means that it’s often hard to learn about
his partners and, further, to confirm that he was joined on the
course.”

The White House provided a list of some of the people who joined
Trump after the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and
Ethics in Washington
filed a lawsuit last year. The list
includes Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, GOP lawmakers, and
Fox News personalities.

The Post pointed out that these outings were several-hour-long
meetings that have no record as they would if they took place in
the White House. The report also cites a November story by USA
Today
that identifies five administration officials as
members of Trump Organization golf clubs.

“Trump might have spent last weekend playing a round of golf with
the person who could soon end up as deputy attorney general,” the
report says. “He might have spent three hours on Saturday
chatting with the head of a firm that will soon learn that it is
exempt from certain tariffs. We simply don’t know.”

The Trump administration has drawn significant scrutiny for its
lack of transparency surrounding White House visitor logs, financial disclosures, and
information related to the special counsel’s
investigation
into Russian interference in
the 2016 election.

In addition to a lack of transparency, the president and his
aides also often engage in open displays of hostility to the press. In one
well-known instance, Trump called the media the “enemy of the
American people.” Trump often insults individual reporters and
networks, calling coverage he dislikes “fake news.” Meanwhile,
the  daily press briefings have also become shorter and less
frequent.

Most recently, the White House ignited controversy when it banned
CNN’s Kaitlan Collins from a press event after she asked Trump
tough questions during an earlier pool spray.

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