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WATCH: Sarah Sanders Says Donald Trump Uses Golf to Build Relationships With Congress

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WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 12: White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders speaks to the media during her daily press briefing at the White House on December 12, 2017 in Washington, DC. Sanders responded to questions about President Donald Trump's tweet directed at U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

When questioned by Yahoo News reporter Hunter Walker about President Donald Trump’s time on the links, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders insisted that the president uses the time he spends playing golf as an opportunity to develop “deeper and better relationships with members of Congress.”

“I think it would certainly be developing deeper and better relationships with members of Congress in which those relationships have helped push forward the president’s agenda ― specifically when it comes to helping get the tax reform and tax cuts passed,” Sanders said.

She added: “He has played golf with a number of senators and used that time certainly to accomplish that.”

Many were not convinced.

Sanders’s answer lies in stark contrast to past behavior from Trump administration officials, who have often refused to release details about whether Trump is golfing, and with whom. For instance, last week, officials used a large truck to attempt to block cameras from capturing footage of the president golfing.

Sanders denied that the White House has sought to mislead the press about the time the president spends on his golf courses. Instead, she denigrated members of the press and circled attention back to the president’s agenda.

“I think it’s the press that has an issue with his time on the course,” she said. “The president is extremely proud of the accomplishments we had during 2017. … It was probably one of the most successful first years in office ― passed major legislation, reworked the court system and got a Supreme Court justice nominated and approved and on the bench in the first year. A booming economy, massive gains against the war on ISIS.”

President Trump has visited his golf courses 92 times as president––and has golfed with lawmakers at least seven of those times, according to CNN’s latest count. Trump’s golfing habit has come under fire because he frequently criticized former President Barack Obama for golfing, regularly insisting that it was a sign Obama was skirting his presidential duties.

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