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Trump's aides don't want to admit the President is golfing

Rory McIlroy plays 18 holes with Donald Trump

McIlroy told No Laying Up that, although his return to fitness is going well, he had not meant to play any golf until at least a week later - but had to make an exception for President Trump.

Former New York Yankees baseball player Paul O'Neill and Clear Sports CEO Garry Singer were also present and pictured with McIlroy and the president but McIlroy said the pair were not part of the fourball.

In all fairness, McIlroy did get some support too. McIlroy isn't the only professional golfer to have weighed in on Trump's game. "He meant to play a few holes and chose to play longer", the statement read. The four-ball was rounded out by Nick Mullen from International Sports Management and Rich Levine, a friend of the President.

Hillary Clinton, who lost the electoral vote to Trump, retweeted a Washington Post chart that showed the 45th POTUS spent 25 of his first 744 hours in the Oval on the golf course. And Trump briefly appeared at a fundraiser luncheon at Mar-a-Lago Monday, the White House confirmed after pictures popped up on social media.

Trump's deputy press secretary said that Trump and McIlroy only played a "couple of holes" this weekend, only to be contradicted by an interview McIlroy gave where he said that they played a full 18 holes and that Trump was a "decent player".

"As stated yesterday the President played golf", said Sanders.

As a candidate, Trump often criticized President Barack Obama for his frequent golfing, claiming that Obama played more often than professionals.

Over the weekend, President Trump also carried out important national security business by choosing Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as an adviser, as well as other presidential duties.

According to Mark Knoller of CBS News, Obama did not play during his first few months in office and regularly went on trips with his family to Martha's Vineyard and Hawaii.