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Trump once again spends the day at his Virginia golf course as Florida braces for ‘catastrophic’ hurricane

2019-09-02

Donald Trump golfing at his course in Balmedie, Scotland, in 2012. (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

As Floridians braced for a potentially catastrophic storm Monday, President Trump headed to Virginia for another round of golf.

The links-loving president — who was supposed to attend a World War II ceremony in Poland this weekend but canceled because he said it was “very important” for him to monitor Hurricane Dorian — arrived at his namesake course in Sterling shortly after 10 a.m., according to a pool report.

The White House wouldn’t provide information on who Trump was golfing with, but press secretary Stephanie Grisham told the Daily News the president would receive hourly Dorian updates.

Monday’s golf visit marked Trump’s second for the Labor Day weekend.

Television crews caught Trump hitting the links at the same course Saturday.

Trump used to harshly criticize President Barack Obama’s golfing habits, including complaining that he and other U.S. taxpayers “pay for his golf."

Nonetheless, Trump has visited golf courses 213 times since he took office, mostly his own, costing taxpayers more than $100 million, according to TrumpGolfCount.com.

While Trump spent Labor Day golfing, Floridians prepared for the worst as Dorian inched closer.

The Category 4 hurricane, which forecasters call “catastrophic” and “life-threatening,” slammed into the Bahamas Monday morning, causing widespread flooding and destruction.

The immensely powerful, slow-moving hurricane was expected to remain over the Atlantic archipelago nation before barreling toward the east coast of Florida.

Forecasters projected Dorian would take a sharp turn north just before slamming right into the Sunshine State in the small hours Tuesday.

However, “only a slight deviation to the left of the official forecast would bring the core of Dorian near or over the Florida east coast,” according to the National Hurricane Center.

Hurricane watches and evacuation orders remain in effect for a large chunk of Florida’s east coast.

Dorian is expected to crawl north after Florida, prompting Trump to approve emergency declarations for Georgia and South Carolina on Monday morning.