President Trump is supposed to be 'back to work' today, but instead he's golfing in Florida


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The free world waits on no one — except, well, maybe its leader.

On Monday afternoon, as empty gift stockings and shredded wrapping paper still laid scattered across living-room floors nationwide, President Trump took the time to send his best wishes to the general public via Twitter — as he has a tendency to do, and as any commander-in-chief might think to do.

But "tomorrow" — as in Tuesday, Dec. 26 — came and went. And as busy as the job of making America great again may seem to an outsider looking in, according to an online calendar of Trump's daily schedule provided by FactBase, that same "tomorrow" actually consisted of a whole lot of nothing, minus an allotted amount of time for "out-of-town" travel calls.

Making matters even more pressing, that same whole-lot-of-nothing carried over into yesterday, when Trump was seen golfing with a couple of pro golfers and U.S. Sen. David Perdue, R-Georgia, and then today, with NBC News reporting that Trump was at it again early this morning, sharpening his game out on the nines at his South Florida club.

The outing marks his 86th day at a Trump golf property, as well as his 112th day spent on a Trump-owned property, since taking office in January. That means out of the 341 days Trump has so far been in office, roughly a quarter of that time has been spent on the unforgiving greens.

In all, the website Trump Golf Count estimates that his trips to different Trump-owned golf courses, whether in New Jersey, Virginia or Florida, have cost taxpayers as much as $42 million.
It's impressive, really. The ability to multitask between conning American conservatives, doing relatively nothing on the job and working on his golf swing is a feat in itself. Blame it on his "kind of broad-shouldered American leadership," as Vice President Mike Pence would say.

Besides, this is the same Trump who so famously said during the presidential campaign in August 2016, "I'm going to be working for you. I'm not going to have time to go play golf."

More so, it's the same man who repeatedly criticized his presidential predecessor for how often he hit the back nine, which, compared to Trump's always increasing leisure time, consisted of about 27 times in former President Obama's first year.