Yet when Trump drops 3 million in taxpayer funds to fly to Mar-a-Lago each weekend and has gone golfing 10 times since he took office just two months ago, we don't hear a peep from anyone in his party. The White House didn't confirm whether the president played golf during his almost four hours at the course.
Now that Trump is President, the comments are coming back to complicate his golf habit.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer continued Monday to defend President Donald Trump's claims that Trump's predecessor ordered surveillance of Trump Tower during the presidential election campaign, even as FBI Director James Comey testified to Congress that there is "no information" supporting that claim.
Questioned later during briefing about his characterization of Manafort's work and the possibility that he may have had contact with Russian Federation due to his prior lobbying work in Ukraine, Spicer said he wasn't "looking to re-litigate the election".
For the most part, aides have declined to confirm that Trump was playing golf on weekends in Florida, instead repeatedly telling reporters that the President "may" hit a few balls at his course but that they didn't know for sure.
At one point, a reporter mentioned that Trump has played a lot of gold since Inauguration Day despite regularly criticizing Obama for the same thing.
President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe exchange a high five at Trump National Golf Club on February 11. He has visited the course all 10 times he has golfed since becoming President.
Trump's preferred course by far is the one closest to his Florida home: Trump International Golf Club.
Golf glove on President Donald Trump's left hand suggests he had more than "meetings and phone calls" at his golf course Saturday.
Trump made critiquing Obama for golfing a part of his 2016 message. The Palm Beach Post's best estimate is that Trump has played golf nine times through Saturday. "We have to work".
The reticence may be due to Trump's frequent criticism, when he was a private citizen, of former President Barack Obama's frequent golf outings.
"Can you believe that, with all of the problems and difficulties facing the US, President Obama spent the day playing golf", Trump tweeted in October 2014.
As White House correspondents have noted, the White House is apparently taking great lengths to keep Trump's frequent golf trips a secret.