US remembers MLK while Trump goes golfing
Written by IrieJam Radio on January 15, 2018
— President Trump’s first stop Monday was Trump International Golf Club, apparently beginning the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday with golf rather than the charitable service the slain civil rights leader’s family has urged as the best way to memorialize him.
The morning after declaring “I’m not a racist,” Trump began his Monday the same way he has begun each day of the three-day holiday weekend: with tweets sent before leaving his private Mar-a-Lago estate and then a short motorcade to the golf club.
Trump returned to Mar-a-Lago hours later, and drove from there to the airport in late afternoon. He was not seen in public until he boarded Air Force One.
A White House spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the president’s day, including whether he was playing golf.
Trump’s weekly address, released Monday, honored King. About 11 a.m., roughly two hours after he arrived at the golf club, Trump retweeted the White House post containing the video.
“Dr. King’s dream is our dream. It is the American Dream. It’s the promise stitched into the fabric of our nation, etched into the hearts of our people and written into the soul of humankind,” Trump said in the message.
The White House generally does not confirm whether Trump is playing golf while at the club.
Before eating dinner there Sunday evening, Trump took questions on the front portico and denied that he used the phrase “shithole countries” to refer to Haiti and some African and Latin American countries. He also denied that the reported remark, made in the context of debate over U.S. immigration policy, showed him to be a racist.
“No, no, I’m not a racist,” Trump told reporters. “I am the least racist person you have ever interviewed, that I can tell you.”