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White House says underfire Trump campaign chair had 'very limited role'

21 March 2017, 12:36 | Laverne Osborne

Donald Trump Said He Had High-Level Meetings All Day Saturday, Then Went Golfing

Trump golf trips: President's 11 outings on pace to out-golf Obama

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has once more stepped into the breach to defend Donald Trump's embattled administration.

"We don't have any evidence or information that supports those tweets", he said.

Questions about whether the commander-in-chief also indulged in his favorite game went unanswered by White House officials traveling with the president.

Or hey, maybe he just likes wearing a golf glove to meetings.

Spicer said reporters have jumped to conclusions and falsely assumed in some instances that the president was golfing.

President Barack Obama played golf frequently when the weather and his schedule permitted.

Not so with Trump.

For a White House that has sometimes been loath to acknowledge basic facts, it is the latest example of officials essentially asking people not to believe their own eyes.

She said: "I just find it really hard to believe that given the emoluments clause does apply to retired officers, like Mr Flynn, I can't believe that Mr Flynn, a retired military officer, would take money from the Russian government in violation of the U.S. constitution, and I believe that such violations are worthy of a criminal investigation by the FBI".

When the question arose again later in the day, after the president had departed the course, she could not confirm it at that time either.

"I think that when you read a lot of this activity about associates, there is a fine line between people who want to be part of something that they never had an official role and in people who actually played a role in the campaign or transition. I cannot say more about whose conduct we are investigating".

"I'm going to be working for you", Trump said past year at a rally in Virginia. Of the 11 trips to his Florida golf clubs, the White House has confirmed he played a round only three times, according to Knoller's tally.

Spicer pointed out that Trump used a golf round with Japanese Prime Minister in Shinzo Abe to discuss deeper relationships last month.

But such games appear to have been exceptions during Trump's first weeks in office.

Trump holds a golf club during a media event at the site for his then yet-to-be-built golf course in Scotland. Toward the end of the primary calendar in mid-April, Manafort and Rick Wiley were reportedly given control of the campaign, as campaign manager Corey Lewandowski took on a smaller role.

"We had meetings over at the club", the president said.

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