Sean Spicer's laughable effort to distance President Trump from Paul Manafort

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

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Spokesman Sean Spicer said that "where ever the president goes, (he) carries the apparatus of the White House".

Rep. Jim Himes, D-Connecticut, brought up the theory Monday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" while discussing the president's claims that Trump Tower was wiretapped at former President Barack Obama's direction.

Did he play any golf? "We have to work", Trump said at that time.

The White House refused to provide any details.

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.

Coons, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told Fox News earlier this month that he while had "no hard evidence of collusion" between the campaign and the Russians, "I think what hard evidence there may be will be discovered either through a full release of President Trump's financial interests and concerns and taxes, or the intercepts that I believe our intelligence community and Federal Bureau of Investigation have of conversations between and among Russian officials". "I cannot say more about whose conduct we are investigating".

Trump said while campaigning for president that if he won, he would probably be too busy doing the people's business to golf. "I'm going to be working for you", Trump said past year at a Virginia rally.

"So to start to look at some individual who was there for a short period of time, or separately individuals who really didn't play a role in the campaign, and to suggest that those are the basis for anything is a bit ridiculous", Spicer chided reporters Monday.

"You saw him utilize this as opportunity with Prime Minister Abe to help foster deeper relationships in Asia and have a growing relationship that's going to help US interests", Spicer told reporters.

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

Last month, after White House officials told reporters that he had "played a couple of holes" at his West Palm Beach course, a photograph emerged of the president posing with Rory McIlroy, the professional golfer, along with reports that they had played 18 holes.

The press secretary then took a shot - several shots - at answering. Spicer also noted that Trump has held meetings and phone conversations at the golf club.

He added that just because Trump is at one of his golf courses doesn't mean he's actually playing a round.

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