President Trump's golf course diplomacy raises ethical questions

By Aaron Dickens, Buzz60

President Donald Trump was quick to criticize Barack Obama during his golf outings when he was in office. But now, he plans to tee off with the Japanese Prime Minister at his country club in Florida.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to stay at Trump's Mar-A-Lago resort. White House staffers reportedly say it's one of many golf outings expected during Trump's presidency that will help him network with foreign leaders.

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But if you look at Trump's tweets over the last several years, he's not exactly staying par for the course.

Trump blasted Obama several times for playing golf, saying he was neglecting his responsibilities as president. In fact, Trump has reportedly already spent more time playing golf in his first few weeks as president than when Obama or George W. Bush first took office.

Some also say Trump hosting Abe could be a violation of ethics laws. Raises questions about does hosting a foreign leader at his resort result in receiving money from a foreign government?

But, White House press secretary Sean Spicer says Abe is staying as Trump's guest.

Spicer went on to say "that is a gift that the "President is extending to the prime minister."No other members of the Japanese delegation will be staying there.

A membership at Mar-A-Lago will cost you 200,000 bucks, a fee that has reportedly doubled since Trump became president.