The Hill reports:
President Trump on Friday defended his frequent weekend trips to his luxury properties, saying he does not care about golfing as much as people might think he does.
“I have a lot of property. So if I go to my clubs like in New Jersey, they’ll say, ‘Oh he is going to play golf.’ I am not going to play golf. I couldn’t care less about golf,” Trump said in an interview on Fox News.
“But I have a place there that costs almost nothing because its hundreds of acres and security and they don’t have to close up streets,” he added.
More from Talking Points Memo:
When Trump is not in New York City, the New York police department estimates that it costs $127,000 to $146,000 a day to protect Melania Trump and Barron Trump, according to Fox News. He acknowledged that these trips cause some people to view him as “lazy” and someone who takes frequent vacations and said he does not want people to have that perception of him.
“It would be much better if people would understand that I could go other places than I have,” Trump said. “But then they hit me for relaxing. And I don’t want to be known as a person that relaxes because I am working hard and I am working hard for the people and we’re doing a great job.”