White House Snipes At Congress For Playing Golf

AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin
AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest pointed out that members of Congress would be enjoying their August vacations by playing golf, but not necessarily with President Obama.

Earnest explained that Sunday’s round of golf with a few Democratic members of Congress had “been in the works for quite some time” and wasn’t necessarily a diplomatic effort to build support for his nuclear deal with Iran.

When asked if Obama would be playing more golf with members of Congress, Earnest declined to share any details of the president’s golfing schedule.

“I’m confident in the next 60 days, many members of Congress will be playing lots of golf, which is why they wanted they wanted the extra 30 days to consider the [Iran] agreement,” he grinned, referring to the upcoming August recess for members of Congress.

As members of the press corps reacted, Earnest defended himself, pointing out that it was a fact that Congress requested 60 days to review the Iran agreement so that they could still enjoy their August recess.

“I’m confident that the president will enjoy the opportunity to play some golf when he’s on vacation as well,” he admitted.

“Is he looking for partners among the press corps?” radio host Bill Press asked wryly.

“Not that I’m aware of,” Earnest replied.