President Donald Trump plans to tee it up with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at his private Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach this week.
According to Reuters, Trump told Westwood One Sports Radio on Sunday that he wants to play with Abe, not against him.
Asked whether he plans to wager on the outcome of a match, Trump replied: ”I don’t know. I think – I know he loves the game, and we’re going to have a lot of fun. It won’t matter. I’ll just make sure he’s my partner.”
Trump spent this past weekend at Mar-a-Lago, dubbed the “Winter White House,” and according to White House reports, he skipped over to nearby Trump International Golf Club for several hours on Saturday and Sunday.
He watched part of the Super Bowl there Sunday evening, but it remains unclear whether he teed it up for the first time since his inauguration.
According to The Huffington Post, the White House declined to give any details about the president’s activities the past two days. The New York Times’ Mark Landler said in a pool report on Saturday that “at this hour, pool still does not have the names of POTUS’ golf partners (if he played golf) or the details of his activities at the golf club.”
On Sunday, a White House staffer even told CBS White House correspondent Mark Knoller that Trump “has some meetings and may play a few holes of golf,” but nothing has been confirmed.
In December 2015, Trump criticized President Obama by saying he played more golf than Tiger Woods the past year.
A Trump spokesperson did not immediately respond to GOLF.com’s request for comment.