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The Donald Trump Way: He Watched Golf While The NFL Protests

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President Trump dined at his New Jersey golf course on Friday, and recorded video to send to his 18-year-old son.

“See you Saturday,” the president said, sipping a Diet Coke.

Morning Joe fans and supporters had just driven themselves nuts, wondering why their favorite show had gone off the air. We shot this video on a helicopter that morning:

As I said over the weekend, in a series of Facebook Live videos, it seems very strange to me that Trump was celebrating his golf trip, which only extended through yesterday, rather than protesting what is happening in the NFL, and tweeting in righteous anger at the NFL players who refused to stand for the national anthem. After all, this vacation didn’t even last long enough to attend a midterm election event.

But what do I know? Just look at this video, which seems to show the president enjoying the getaway. The visit to Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., is one of Trump’s most frequent national public appearances. He visits regularly during the workweek, and often makes a family weekend there. He has been working the campaign trail since late last week, and seems to keep relatively consistent time schedules.

The fact that Trump was at the course on Friday, despite his notable absence from the live action of the sports realm, is telling: Trump may not like the NFL protests, and he might not like to watch games at all. (That seems to be the dynamic on all his various social media platforms.) But he knows that America loves sports. And that Trump National is a local country club within reach of the most important media markets in the nation. Therefore he spent time there — and spent a little selfie time — on Friday.

Remember, we don’t really know if this was a good time for him. It seemed like it was to me: Trump was on camera, enjoying company, munching on food, shooting the s— with a golf star, and cleaning out his desk. Watching it now, that seems to align with what we know of Trump. All of that he prefers to work on camera, or in front of his private-jet cabin, rather than a clip-clop past the pumpkin patch or the beach.

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