Spicer Pressed on Why Trump's Golf Trips Are Different Than Obama's

The White House on Monday refused to back off Donald Trump's extraordinary and unfounded claim that Barack Obama wiretapped the phones in Trump Tower during the 2016 presidential campaign, despite the head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation saying he had "no information" to support the claim.

During an interview on Fox News Sunday, Spicer said it wasn't covered when officials briefed on the Russian involvement in the election came out and said there was "no involvement to their knowledge between the Trump campaign and Russia". But before he ran for office, Trump was the most fervent critic of the fact that President Barack Obama regularly hit the links with friends, aides and advisers, arguing that it showed the president was unserious about fixing America's problems.

"How you use the game of golf is something that he's talked about", Spicer said of the president.

"So on a couple occasions, he's actually conducted meetings there", he added, before saying that Trump simply deserved some privacy on the course. CNN has seen Trump golfing - driving up the 12th hole on his championship course at Trump International Golf Course - multiple times during the former reality star's first two months in office.

Not helping matters is the White House's reluctance to speak about Trump's golf, sometimes even denying the president played at all.

Listen - I don't care about golf.

Months ago when the idea of Trump being our president was still a distant possibility, the nominee himself said while sitting next to Governor Chris Christie that he couldn't understand how a president would even leave the White House.

"You saw him utilize this as an opportunity with [Japanese] Prime Minister [Shinz┼Ź] Abe to help foster a deeper relationship in southeast Asia, in Asia rather, and have a growing relationship that's going to help USA interests", Spicer said. Only one time - while hosting Abe - did the President also visit Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter.

Obama smiles while golfing on vacation.

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"I love golf, I think it's one of the greats, but I don't have time", then-President-elect Trump said during a December 2016 rally in MI. Sean Spicer Monday defended President Trump's gold habits.

Trump's aides have not done so.

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