Opinion

Published on May 5th, 2017 | by Kyla Walker

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Trump Scores Another Hole in One

Golf has historically been a fine game for our country’s leaders to play and enjoy a beautiful day, while also building international relations. However, President Trump’s previous comments have proven his hypocrisy in regards to leisure in the Oval Office. His tweets that criticized previous Presidents about golfing may be more symbolic of his approach in several areas of holding responsibility as the Leader of the Free World.

“I’m going to be working for you; I’m not going to have time to go play golf,” Trump said back in 2016 at a campaign rally in Virginia.

It is a time-honored tradition for the Commander-in-Chief to hit the links and relax during a game of 18 holes. President Trump has used the course in several ways, such as developing relations with foreign connections, but last year he consistently condemned Obama for his frequent golf trips and created a controversy over his work ethics.

During first two months in office, the President has been seen on the course up to ten times.

While Obama did not touch a club during the first four months of his Presidency, but was still heavily criticized.

“I love golf, I think it’s one of the greats, but I don’t have time,” Trump said, while at a Michigan rally in late 2016. “He [Obama] played more golf last year than Tiger Woods. We don’t have time for this. We don’t have time for this. We have to work.”

A need for leisure and taking a golf trip every once in awhile is understandable and expected, but the need to attack previous presidents for their work ethic portrays the insecurity and instability of the hand at the head of the nation. President Trump’s twitter account is now being watched by the American public and more are realizing the contradictory nature of our nation’s leader’s statements, as they become uncovered from his very loud social media history.

“When will we stop wasting our money on rebuilding Afghanistan? We must rebuild our country first,” Trump said in 2011, and reiterated in 2013.

In early April of 2017, the President dropped a huge bomb on Afghanistan. It was reported to have killed 95 militants of ISIS and is said to be the largest non-nuclear bomb in history. Trump’s past beliefs contradict his recent actions.

“If you look at what’s happened over the last eight weeks and compare that really to what’s happened over the last eight years, you’ll see that there’s a tremendous difference,” Trump stated in a press conference at the White House on April 13. The President implied that the national defense has become stronger and more dangerous under his control. Yet, four years ago, he would have fought hard against his recent decision.

“President Obama, do not attack Syria. There is no upside and tremendous downside. Save your ‘powder’ for another (and more important) day!” Trump said back in 2013. Once again, Trump has contradicted himself and commanded a raid against Syria without congressional approval in early 2017. He may have been given advice that justifies his recent action, but it is still a hypocritical move.

As the President said, we don’t have time for this, especially when half of the country is in uproar and in protests for more rights and change. The relations between other countries, like North Korea, is currently unstable and needs more attention than playing on the green. The consequences of a hypocritical President can be seen as the public continues to doubt the word of the government and release their anger in the marches and rallies on our streets.

So what changed him in these last few years? What was the dramatic shift in Trump’s life that led him to where we are today? But most importantly, how can we trust a man whose morals and values are constantly shifting with the wind? The President’s hypocrisy proves the changing ideals that are meant to motivate our country, but instead frame the terrifying unpredictability of the blowing breeze.

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