President Donald Trump spent Black Friday on the golf course where he took in a round with professional golfers Dustin Johnson and Tiger Woods.
Trump is visiting his resort in Mar-a-Lago for the holidays, but he headed over to Jupiter, Florida for Friday’s game, announcing the activity on his Twitter:
After that tweet, he was silent for three hours before tweeting about the terrorist attack in Egypt that claimed hundreds of lives. The president’s critics took to social media to bash him for hitting the green. Internet personality Kyle Griffin pointed out that the White House press pool doesn’t have access to the president but visitors at his golf course have a front row seat.
He also noted that Woods is designing a Trump Golf Course in Dubai.
One visitor uploaded a photo with Woods, writing “Just your average morning!! Excited my kids were able to see our President and the others were a bonus!”
Trump has been an avid golfer, even in his role as president and this is not the first time he got in a few holes with Tiger. In late December, the pair were spotted at another one of Trump’s golf courses in Florida, though that game was unannounced.
His frequent games have critics crying hypocrisy, since Trump constantly derided Obama for spending too much time on the golf course.
But Trump, who has made (and lost) fortunes on his golf courses, also prides himself on getting business done on the golf course — though now he makes political moves on the fairway. In recent months, he’s played with a number of politicians including Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Rand Paul (R-KY).
Equally interesting, is the pair of golfers that showed up on the course today. Woods is overcoming a string of difficulties after his “sex addiction” scandal a few years ago and his level of play has faltered. More recently, he was charged with a DUI after he was found, asleep at the wheel, by police in May. A toxicology report showed that, while he was not intoxicated, Woods had five drugs in his system at the time of his arrest.
Johnson, who joined Trump and Woods on the course is a PGA Tour golfer who owns houses in Florida, including one in Jupiter, that he calls his home. He might not be a household name, but make no mistake, Johnson is a superb golfer. The 33-year-old South Carolina-native was the favorite to win the Masters’ Tournament this year before he pulled out following a freak accident, the Palm Beach Post reports. Johnson and Trump have played before and are allegedly very close. His grandfather claims that they’ve exchanged numbers and that they “talk all the time.” He says that Trump called Johnson on Thanksgiving and “asked him to come over for dinner.”