President Donald Trump was once again out on the links today at his Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, VA, taking some time away from the pressures of Washington.
As per usual, the trip was monitored by the White House Press Corps., which selects representatives from the wire services, wire photos, television, print and radio to report the President’s activities to the larger pool of media.
The reports are typically fact-based and dry, and are used to simply monitor what’s going on so that there isn’t a mob of reporters crowding the motorcade – the President went here, the President met with X&Y, the President did this and that. When the day is done, they call a “lid,” which means there are no more activities to cover.
Today, however, the Huffington Post’s Shirish Date, the designated “print” pool member, broke with tradition and challenged an earlier tweet from President Trump.
In his earlier tweetstorm, the President took issue with those who criticize his weekend golf outings. “When I play, Fake News CNN, and others, park themselves anywhere they can to get a picture, then scream “President Trump is playing golf.” Actually, I play VERY fast, get a lot of work done on the golf course, and also get a “tiny” bit of exercise. Not bad!”