Trump's 2019 Super Bowl Plans Included At Least One Round Of Golf At Mar-A-Lago

by Caitlin Cruz
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Before rooting for New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, President Donald Trump's 2019 Super Bowl weekend plans included golf — and lots of it. Trump played golf with legendary players Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods on Saturday, before going out for another round with acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney on Sunday, according to The Hill.

Trump tweeted a photo of the trio at the Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Florida on Saturday. "Everyone is asking how Tiger played yesterday. The answer is Great! He was long, straight & putted fantastically well. He shot a 64. Tiger is back & will be winning Majors again! Not surprisingly, Jack also played really well," Trump tweeted about the round on Sunday. "His putting is amazing! Jack & Tiger like each other."

On Sunday, Washington bureau chief for the Dallas Morning News Todd J. Gillman reported that Trump and Mulvaney left the Mar-a-Lago for the course before 8:30 a.m. After a round of golf, Trump arrived back at his Florida resort just after 2:30 p.m., Gillman reported.

This isn't the first time the two men have bonded on the golf course. In April 2017, Trump played golf with Mulvaney (then Office of Management and Budget director) and Sen. Rand Paul at Trump's Virginia golf course, according to The Hill.

Trump will host his annual Super Bowl party at his Florida estate, Mar-a-Lago, before returning to the White House late on Sunday, CBS Miami reported on Friday. This is the first time Trump has been back at Mar-a-Lago since the longest government shutdown in history, according to The Hill.

Trump's Super Bowl plans also included an interview with CBS News' Face The Nation host Margaret Brennan. Trump said "people in the NFL" credited him for criminal justice reform and that they said he "did [the NFL] a big favor" through the NAFTA replacement.

Unlike his predecessors, Trump said, he was able to pass criminal justice reform in mid-December. "Well, you know, I'm the one that had passed judicial reform. And if you look at what I did, criminal judicial reform, and what I've done- President Obama tried. They all tried," Trump said. "Everybody wanted to do it. And I got it done and I've been, you know, really- a lot of people in the NFL have been calling and thanking me for it."

During the interview, Trump also said he would be worried if his youngest son — Barron Trump, age 12 — wanted to play football. "It's very, it's very tough question. It's a very good question. If he wanted to? Yes," Trump said. "Would I steer him that way? No, I wouldn't."

Trump said his youngest child is interested in soccer. "He actually plays a lot of soccer. He's liking soccer," he said.

The president called football "a dangerous sport" during the interview. "So, you know I- I hate to say it because I love to watch football. I think the NFL is a great product, but I really think that as far as my son- well I've heard NFL players saying they wouldn't let their sons play football," Trump explained. "So. It's not totally unique, but I- I would have a hard time with it."