Donald Trump takes 15th golf trip in 11 weeks since becoming President

Trip comes immediately after visit from Chinese president Xi Jinping, who has closed one in six of his country's golf courses since 2011

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The Independent US

Donald Trump is taking his 15th golf trip in the 11 weeks since becoming President, as he spends another weekend at one of his own luxury resorts.

The President is coming off the back of a high-stakes summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping, who has closed a sixth of his country's golf courses since 2011 and will not play a sport which maintains a reputation for decadence and corruption in China.

But President Xi left the President's luxury Mar-a-Lago resort on Friday night, and by Saturday morning Mr Trump was on the links at his International Golf Club in Florida, the White House press pool was informed.

During a campaign rally last year, Mr Trump referred to a string of his golf clubs when claiming: "You know what – and I love golf – but if I were in the White House, I don’t think I’d ever see Turnberry again, I don’t think I’d ever see Doral again, I own Doral in Miami, I don’t think I’d ever see many of the places that I have.

"I don’t ever think that I’d see anything, I just wanna stay in the White House and work my ass off, make great deals, right? Who's gonna leave? I mean, who's gonna leave?" 

He is now back on the green for the 15th time since 20 January. The trip also marks the 10th weekend in a row President Trump has spent at one of his own properties.

Thanks in particular to increased security bills at the waterfront Mar-a-Lago resort, he is on course to spend more on travel in a single year than the $97 million Barack Obama spent during his eight years in office.

The billionaire has already racked up $23 million in travel bills, at roughly 10 times the rate of his predecessor.

While still a private citizen, the billionaire tycoon repeatedly criticised former President Barack Obama for playing golf rather than attending to his presidential duties.

"Can you believe that,with all of the problems and difficulties facing the U.S., President Obama spent the day playing golf.," he wrote in one 2014 tirade.

In a similar attack back in 2013, Fox News pundit and staunch Trump backer Sean Hannity wrote: "Glad our arrogant Pres is enjoying his taxpayer funded golf outing after announcing the US should take military action against Syria."

In the aftermath of Donald Trump's cruise missile barrage against a Syrian air base, the tweet is being re-circulated on social media.

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