Even as the walls of the Trump-Russia investigation close in, Donald Trump can’t even escape into his favorite pastime. With the sword of special counsel Robert Mueller’s indictments hanging over his head, Trump tried to escape to one of his golf courses again on Saturday, but was met with cold reminders of his fading presidency on both ends of the trip.
According to pool reports, Trump was greeted at Trump National Golf Course by a lone, poignant reminder of the winter to come (via email from the White House):
Date: October 28, 2017 at 11:04:48 AM EDT
Subject: WH in-town pool report 2
At 10.37am POTUS tweeted while travelling on the highway: ‘Today is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Everyone can help fight the #OpioidEpidemic by participating! DEA.gov’
The motorcade did about 60mph for most of the journey on a sunny day, arriving at the Trump National Golf Club Washington DC in Sterling, Virginia, at 10.52am. A lone protester stood at the entrance holding a handwritten sign that said: ‘Impeach.’
The US flag is flying from a tall flagpole in the parking lot, where the tree leaves are a riot of reds and greens. Pool is now holding inside a tennis facility which has framed photos of John McEnroe and Serena Williams at the entrance.
Things weren’t much better on the way back, when Trump’s motorcade was dogged by a couple of Americans with similarly simple, yet devastating, messages for Trump:
Date: October 28, 2017 at 3:23:42 PM EDT
Subject: WH in-town pool report 3
POTUS’s motorcade departed the Trump National Golf Club at 3.12pm, passing two pedestrians, one of whom gave a thumbs down sign. Then it overtook a female cyclist, wearing a white top and cycling helmet, who responded by giving the middle finger. The motorcade had to slow and the cyclist caught up, still offering the finger, before turning off in a different direction. Motorcade is now gathering speed and heading for DC.
Pool did not see any golfing and sought names of POTUS’s playing partners but no word yet.
The White House is apparently back to hiding Trump’s golf habits, and never got back to the pooler with details.
For Trump’s sake, we’ll just hope there were no gophers in Trump Chicken outfits on the course.
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