Asked if the president has a bit of a transparency issue when it comes to his golf course visits and whether the White House has “some kind of issue about his” golfing, Sanders turned the question back around on the media.
“I think it’s the press that has an issue with his time on the course,” Sanders stated. “The president is extremely proud of the accomplishments we had during 2017.”
After claiming that no one “can argue” that Trump enjoyed one of the “most successful first years in office” of any president, the press secretary said that part of that was due to the “relationship building” he was able to do on the golf course.
Sanders was then pressed on why the White House wouldn’t give a readout or confirmation of these important meetings on the links, answering that the administration would release information when it was “pertinent.”
Reporter: “Can you tell me the biggest single thing the president has accomplished for the American people during his time on the golf course?”
Sarah Sanders: “Developing deeper and better relationships with members of Congress” pic.twitter.com/iNPitqut3x
— NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) January 2, 2018
Press Sec. Sanders: Pres. Trump has used golf to develop “deeper and better relationships with members of Congress…we’ve had an extremely successful 2017, and some of that’s due to the relationship building he was able to do there.” https://t.co/NkJuIoh4fP pic.twitter.com/nzUUVH5c6g
— ABC News (@ABC) January 2, 2018