Washington: President Donald Trump recently installed a new golf simulator at the White House, according to a report from the Washington Post.
Trump footed the bill for the $50,000 room-sized fixture, the Post reported, noting that it replaced a previous system installed by President Barack Obama that was less advanced. The simulator allows one to play virtual rounds of golf by hitting balls at a large screen. It’s unclear where the fixture is set up in the White House, but the Post notes it’s located somewhere in his personal quarters.
The Post, citing unnamed sources, said Trump has yet to use the new equipment, which was installed sometime over the last few weeks.
The White House did not immediately respond to inquires from USA TODAY about the simulator.
Much attention has been paid to Trump’s love of golf. Over his first two years in office, the president has spent more than 160 days golfing, much of which was spent teeing off at one of his properties and golf clubs across the U.S. and abroad, according to an estimate by CNN.
Trump has spent more days at the golf course than Obama, though before becoming president, Trump frequently criticized Obama for the amount of time he spent playing the sport.
“President Obama has a major meeting on the N.Y.C. Ebola outbreak, with people flying in from all over the country, but decided to play golf!” Trump tweeted in 2014.
The installation of the golfing equipment comes amid intense scrutiny surrounding leaked copies of Trump’s schedule, where 50 to 60 percent of his days in the office were labeled “executive time,” meaning he has no meetings or official business.
Two waves of leaked schedules given to Axios generated a wave of outrage and indignation from people who claimed the leak showed that the president was spending most of his time watching Fox News, firing off tweets or chatting on the phone.
White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney has said that he is aiming to identify the staffer who leaked Trump’s personal schedule to the news media, saying earlier this week that he hoped “to have a resolution on that this week.”
On Sunday, the president posted a tweet in response to Axios’ first report on the leaked schedules. He explained that “executive time” should be “reported as a positive, not negative.”
“When the term Executive Time is used, I am generally working, not relaxing. In fact, I probably work more hours than almost any past President,” Trump tweeted.
He followed up with another tweet explaining that when he took office, the U.S. was such “a mess” that he “had no choice but to work very long hours!”