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Trump defends playing ‘fast round’ of golf during Hurricane Dorian, rips ‘terrible’ London mayor for criticizing him

2019-09-04

President Trump took a Twitter shot at London Mayor Sadiq Khan on Tuesday. (AP)

President Trump on Tuesday defended enjoying a “fast round” of golf as Hurricane Dorian inched toward Florida over the holiday weekend, blasting London’s “terrible” mayor for criticizing his casual priorities.

Back at the White House after spending Labor Day weekend hitting the links and hanging back at the presidential getaway in Maryland, Trump took aim at Mayor Sadiq Khan in a typo-riddled Twitterstorm, in which the commander-in-chief also incorrectly claimed his golfing habits are “very" cost efficient.

“The incompetent Mayor of London, Sadique Khan, was bothered that I played a very fast round of golf yesterday. Many Pols exercise for hours, or travel for weeks. Me, I run through one of my courses (very inexpensive). President Obama would fly to Hawaii,” Trump tweeted.

Of Khan, Trump added, “He is a terrible mayor who should stay out of our business!”

Trump later replaced the post with one spelling Khan’s first name correctly.

On Monday, Khan went after Trump during an interview with Politico in Warsaw, Poland, where the London mayor and other world leaders participated in somber ceremonies commemorating the 80th anniversary of World War II. Trump was supposed to attend the event but cancelled because of Dorian.

“He’s clearly busy dealing with a hurricane out on the golf course,” Khan told the outlet sardonically, as Trump was spending the day at his private club in Sterling, Va.

Despite Trump’s claims that his sports excursions are “very inexpensive,” federal data shows his 213 visits to golf courses as president have cost U.S. taxpayers nearly $110 million so far. That’s at least $4 million more than President Barack Obama spent over his entire eight years in office, according to a tally by the Trump-loyal conservative outlet Judicial Watch.

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Hurricane Dorian makes its way across the Bahamas and Florida

Trump’s Monday round of golf was his second for the weekend. He had played another round Saturday.

The White House press team said the president received hourly briefings on Hurricane Dorian while hitting the links.

Dorian devastated the Bahamas over the holiday weekend, slowly moving across the Atlantic archipelago nation as a Category 4 hurricane.

The monster storm was slowly moving toward Florida on Tuesday, but had decreased to a Category 2 hurricane.

Dorian was still expected to get “dangerously” close to Florida either late Tuesday or early Wednesday before making its way up the coast toward Georgia and the Carolinas.