Donald Trump’s son Eric has said that his father uses his golf outings to “strengthen his ties with potential allies.”
Speaking to the Irish Independent, Eric said:
“You can sit with somebody in a golf cart where there might be cultural differences and language barriers and have a good time and build a friendship with somebody in a way you could never do sitting across an office table from someone.”
Eric Trump added that the president often hosts guests at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla., the same way former President George W. Bush greeted people at his ranch in Crawford, Texas.
“Mar-a-Lago is an amazing estate that has been a very effective tool for my father to go down and get to know somebody while not sitting … across a wooded partition, which instantly makes a relationship more strenuous.”
Trump visited Trump International Golf Club near Mar-a-Lago last Saturday, which was reportedly his 18th visit to a golf course since becoming president in January.