The “Executive Time” scandal is still growing.
President Trump is getting dragged by Twitter after revelations by David Fahrenthold and Josh Dawsey in the Washington Post that he installed a room-size golf simulator at the White House in the last few weeks.
The Washington Post revealed, “President Trump has installed a room-sized “golf simulator” game at the White House… Trump’s system cost about $50,000, and was put in during the last few weeks in a room in his personal quarters, a White House official said.”
The White House official said Trump hasn’t used this $50,000 simulator. Perhaps that is supposed to make us feel better, but not many of us have $50,000 to toss at a game, let alone one we aren’t going to play.
They were told Trump paid for this himself, and it replaced an older version former President Obama had installed. So what’s the problem?
Oh, maybe that it looks like he did it during the shutdown he caused, when his administration thought people were exaggerating about not being able to afford food or pay their mortgages because Trump said local businesses would just work with people.
It also looks like Trump, who has spent more than a quarter of his presidency on a golf course, and already has an executive scandal exposed by Axios showing that he usually shows up around 11AM and spends a lot of time tweeting and watching TV, installed it during the shutdown because he couldn’t go golfing and couldn’t go to Mar-A-Lago.
President Trump couldn't go to Mar-a-Lago during the government shutdown, so he had a $50,000 golf video game installed at the White House, likely at the EXACT same time 800,000 federal employees were without pay.
— Rep. Mark Pocan (@repmarkpocan) February 13, 2019
Or, as it's called on his schedule, executive time. https://t.co/oDGfnYcz3U
— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) February 13, 2019
The in-house golf simulator really does make you rethink our understanding of what's possible during "Executive Time."
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) February 13, 2019
Trump couldn't go to Mar-a-Lago during his government shutdown, so he had a $50,000 golf video game installed at the WH.
likely at the EXACT same time 800,000 federal employees were w/out pay.
Trump has enjoyed 300hours of “executive time” since midterms. https://t.co/eseZOmDZ4J
— Rula Jebreal (@rulajebreal) February 13, 2019
In the past several weeks, Trump hasn’t played as much golf as he’s used to – but not to worry since he’s installed a “room-sized” golf simulator at WH. The cost: $50K. Meanwhile, executive time consists of 60% of his schedule https://t.co/ARZf3N5z5t
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) February 13, 2019
And everyone said he just watched TV during executive time. https://t.co/3I28AfQ2wA
— Schooley (@Rschooley) February 13, 2019
So “executive time” accounts for 60% of his hours in the WH. How much for virtual golf? WE HAVE NO ONE AT THE HELM OF THE SHIP, PEOPLE!!! https://t.co/6UDi7WvyXQ
— Sophia Bush (@SophiaBush) February 13, 2019
Trump told people making on average $500 a week to “adjust” to his shutdown, while falsely claiming they supported his shutdown.
It isn’t just that he spent so much on a game he supposedly doesn’t use, but that he did it around the time that he was shrugging off the concerns of average Americans who literally were having to sell things to eat and pay the mortgage.
Ms. Jones is the Editor-in-Chief of PoliticusUSA and a Huffington Post contributor. She has covered President Barack Obama, 2016 Democratic candidate for president Hillary Clinton, VP Joe Biden, Senator Elizabeth Warren, First Lady Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
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