President Donald Trump and his supporters are not happy about public opinion turning against him and his constant golf outings.
So CNN had a panel on Monday night, hosted by Don Lemon, to discuss the ramifications of the country being led by a “part-time president.”
Lemon and the other two other panelists spent most of the segment trying to contain their laughter as Trump supporters Ben Ferguson and Kayleigh McEnany tried to spin President Trump’s weekly golf vacations as a good thing.
But the sheer number of days he has spent at his resort country clubs, and the cost associated with those weekly jaunts, made it very difficult for Lemon’s guests to craft anything remotely resembling a valid reason.
In his first 81 days in office, he has spent 21 of them at his Mar-a-Lago resort, more than twenty-five percent of his total presidency to date. And those weekly gold vacations have already cost taxpayers more than $21 million in travel and security costs.
By comparison, former President Obama’s travel for eight years in office cost taxpayers $97 million…putting Trump on pace to outspend the cost of both of Obama’s two-terms in less than a year.
“We crunched the numbers and found that president has spent six weekends and a total of 21 days at Mar-a-Lago, the total cost of those trips around $21.6 million,” Lemon said.
Another panelist, Bakari Sellers, drew an even more stark comparison between the former and current President’s travel and vacation habits.
“Just for pure numbers sake, in the first 81 days of office, President Obama went to the golf course course zero times. Let’s talk about the fiscal accountability or lack thereof and the fact is Trump is on a pace to spend more money traveling in his first year.”
Lemon gave Trump supporters Ferguson and McEnany multiple chances during the segment to defend Trump, but there was no defense to be had as they avoided even saying the word “golf.”
They did, however, try to convince everyone else that Trump’s weekly vacations are just how he chooses build relationships with other world leaders.
“He can’t do that in D.C., Camp David?” Lemon said, clearly trying to hold back laughter.
Lemon correctly pointed out that Camp David was built for this very purpose, but Ferguson claimed that Florida is a better spot for such meetings because it has warmer temperatures.
To which Lemon replied, “Your golf clubs don’t work in the cold?”
Things rapidly devolved from there into bursts and fits of laughter.
Watch the entire segment here: