Published: Tue, March 21, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

White House: Trump Still Won't Apologize To Obama Over Wiretapping

White House: Trump Still Won't Apologize To Obama Over Wiretapping

"Can you believe that, with all of the problems and difficulties facing the US, President Obama spent the day playing golf", Trump tweeted in October 2014. His weekend outing in Florida was his 11th visit to one of his courses in the Sunshine State in his first two months, according to Mark Knoller, a CBS News White House correspondent who has logged detailed statistics on presidential outings over several administrations. He added, per the Washington Post, that Trump isn't necessarily always playing golf when he heads to the golf course; sometimes he's just having meetings.

Now that Trump is President, the comments are coming back to complicate his golf habit.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer incorrectly diminished the role of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, remarks made at the same time as a House Intelligence Committee hearing investigated whether campaign aides colluded with Russian Federation during last year's presidential race. "One is, you saw him utilize this as an opportunity with [Japanese] Prime Minister [Shinzo] Abe to help foster deeper Asia. and have a growing relationship that is going to help US interests".

"I'm going to be working for you; I'm not going to have time to go play golf", Trump said during a 2016 event in Virginia.

The reporter followed up by asking why the details of "productive meetings" on the golf course are not being shared with the media.

Obama did not golf with world leaders or members of Congress on a regular or even semiregular basis, preferring to surround himself with close friends, pro athletes and celebrities or White House aides.

"I have no information that supports those tweets, and we have looked carefully inside the Federal Bureau of Investigation", he said.

Obama smiles while golfing on vacation.


Trump's aides have not done so. He then said that, "there is a fine line between people who want to be part of something that they never had an official role in and people who actually played a role in either the campaign or the transition".

During Obama's eight years in office, anytime he stepped foot outside the confines of the White House, he was criticized and demonized.

"The president is entitled to a bit of privacy at some point", Spicer responded.

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