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EMERGENCY ROUND

After declaring a national emergency, Trump spent the weekend at his golf course

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Trump at the Florida club last year.
  • Heather Timmons
By Heather Timmons

White House correspondent

This article is more than 2 years old.

Donald Trump headed to his private golf club in West Palm Beach, Florida, for the second day in a row today (Sunday, Feb. 17).

The presidential motorcade arrived at the Trump International Golf Club at 9:12am EST, the White House press pool reported. On Saturday (Feb. 16), Trump arrived at the club at 8:42am, the press pool reported, and left at 2:56pm.

After he left Saturday, the president held a meeting with his China trade delegation at Mar-a-Lago, another private club, Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. “Ambassador Lighthizer, Secretary Ross, Mick Mulvaney, and Peter Navarro will join the President in person at Mar-a-Lago and Secretary Mnuchin, Pat Cipilone, Larry Kudlow, Kevin Hassett, Derek Lyons and Clete Willems will join by phone,” she said.

Today marks Trump’s 171th day visiting a golf course since he became president on Jan. 21, 2017, according to Golf Net News. The president declared a national emergency in the Rose Garden on Feb. 15, after Congress failed to approve the amount of money he wanted in a recent spending bill to build a wall on the US’s southern border. Trump hopes to take $6 billion from the Pentagon to build over 200 miles of wall on the border, but the acting Secretary of Defense said this weekend that any budget decision was the Pentagon’s to make.

While national emergencies have been declared dozens of times in the past by previous presidents, Trump’s is rare in that in involves military action. The last time there was such a declaration was after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001:

Trump was spotted on Feb. 16 at his golf club at the omelette bar, wearing a “USA” hat and without his usual artificial tan, but wearing head-to-toe tan-colored golf attire.

George Conway, the Washington, DC lawyer who is married to presidential advisor Kellyanne Conway, joked on Twitter that Trump was playing an “emergency round” of golf.

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