As Hurricane Dorian threatened to ravage Florida and other parts of the United States, President Donald Trump cancelled a scheduled visit to Poland in order to monitor the hurricane's developments from the United States.
The President raised eyebrows, however, when footage of him golfing instead of working was released on Monday.
Spotted by eagle-eyed photojournalist @abdallahcnn: Trump golfing at his Virginia golf club moments ago https://t.co/0DwVtGmvGN— Jeremy Diamond (@Jeremy Diamond)1567441468.0
The optics of playing golf as a hurricane approached struck the ire of many Trump critics. Among them was London mayor, Sadiq Khan. When asked about Trump's cancelled visit to Poland, Khan told Politico:
"He’s clearly busy dealing with a hurricane out on the golf course.”
Trump didn't take kindly to Khan's words at all, and soon fired back on Twitter.
The incompetent Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, was bothered that I played a very fast round of golf yesterday. Many P… https://t.co/iRLsf4Noau— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1567522096.0
....”knife crime,” which is totally out of control in London. People are afraid to even walk the streets. He is a t… https://t.co/IuYAP08EsZ— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1567522096.0
After claiming his golf trips were "very inexpensive," Trump unsurprisingly invoked Obama and his trips to Hawaii. In reality, Trump's 213 documented golf trips have cost over $109 million dollars in taxpayer money—just shy of Obama's taxpayer vacation costs for the entire eight years of his presidency.
He then criticized Khan for the "totally out of control" knife crime rate in London. The city has seen an uptick in knife crime in recent years, but considering the 53 people dead from mass shootings in the United States last month alone, many felt Trump was throwing stones from a glass house.
@realDonaldTrump Yeah, because there are so many mass knifing incidents. How about YOU focusing more on the mass shootings in the US?— JustMyOpinion (@JustMyOpinion)1567538188.0
@realDonaldTrump Are you OKAY? Your country has at least one mass shooting, killing kids, each week and you are so… https://t.co/JtltmphnQK— Bleezy (@Bleezy)1567539737.0
@realDonaldTrump At least they don't have to worry about weekly mass shootings and weak politicians that are afraid of the NRA.— Tuna (@Tuna)1567538509.0
@realDonaldTrump Pretty bold criticism after another mass shooting this weekend— PeterDavies (@PeterDavies)1567538501.0
His hypocrisy on golf outings garnered strong reactions as well.
@realDonaldTrump President Obama went to Hawaii, where he was born, twice a year at most. You skip out of DC to pla… https://t.co/dhICgj2yx2— TimeForACTION (@TimeForACTION)1567522436.0
@realDonaldTrump “For him to be playing golf...is very inappropriate.” -Donald Trump “FORE!” -also Donald Trump (d… https://t.co/CUkRRqVj5C— ElElegante101 (@ElElegante101)1567522147.0
@realDonaldTrump Trump is easily the laziest president in US history. If he's not golfing he's watching TV.— Alex Cole (@Alex Cole)1567531247.0
Can you believe that,with all of the problems and difficulties facing the U.S., President Obama spent the day playing golf.Worse than Carter— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1413245031.0
President Obama should have gone to Louisiana days ago, instead of golfing. Too little, too late!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1471968925.0
We pay for Obama's travel so he can fundraise millions so Democrats can run on lies. Then we pay for his golf.— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1413315327.0
President Obama has a major meeting on the N.Y.C. Ebola outbreak, with people flying in from all over the country, but decided to play golf!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1414122849.0
The hypocrisy of it all.
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