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The Margin: Trump claims golf is his ‘exercise’ as video of him driving a cart with his caddie hanging on the back goes viral

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Trump claims he golfs less… and faster… than Obama.


According to Harvard Medical School, a golfer who rides in a cart ends up walking about one mile and burning some 400 calories over the course of a four-hour golf round.

Does that count as exercise? In President Donald Trump’s view, sure.

“I know many in business and politics that work out endlessly, in some cases to a point of exhaustion. It is their number one passion in life, but nobody complains,” Trump wrote in a tweet Sunday. “My ‘exercise’ is playing, almost never during the week, a quick round of golf.”

Here’s Trump, joined by his caddie clinging to the back, getting some of that exercise on Sunday, according to NBC News White House correspondent Kelly O’Donnell:

Trump, who criticized his predecessor dozens of times for the amount of golf he played, also tweeted over the weekend that “Obama played more and much longer rounds, no problem.” This despite the fact that tallies comparing the two show that’s definitely not the case. Not even close, as you can see from this chart courtesy of

At the rate he’s going, Trump is on track to golf a total of 596 rounds by the end of a hypothetical second term, projected. Obama played 306 golf rounds.

The internet was quick to pounce as the rounds piled up:

At least Sen. Lindsey Graham had his back:

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