NE­GO­TI­ATE THROUGH GOLF

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics - BY JEN­NIFER HARPER

“The beauty of golf is that you de­velop re­la­tion­ships, and you can make deals on a golf course. And I’ve of­ten said that I don’t mind that Pres­i­dent Obama plays a lot of golf. He should play with peo­ple who can help the coun­try, like if he played more with John Boehner, and if he played more with maybe for­eign lead­ers, it would be a won­der­ful thing. Many of the for­eign lead­ers play golf and love golf,” Don­ald Trump tells Golf Di­gest writer Jaime Diaz in a new widerang­ing in­ter­view.

Mr. Trump has in­deed played golf with House Speaker Mr. Boehner, who has “an 8 or 9 hand­i­cap” — and he’s hit the links with plenty of global king­pins. The bil­lion­aire Repub­li­can fron­trun­ner has also strolled the fair­way with for­mer pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton.

“We’ve played a num­ber of times. We have very dif­fer­ent games. By the way, he doesn’t cheat. He will drop a ball, but he doesn’t make any bones about it. If he misses a shot — he doesn’t get to play very much — so he’ll drop a ball and hit a sec­ond shot. But he’s not say­ing he got a par if he didn’t get a par. It’s not like he’s try­ing to hide any­thing. I think he’s been treated un­fairly,” Mr. Trump ad­vises.

“Sup­pos­ing Megyn Kelly of­fers to bury the hatchet with a round of golf. Would you ac­cept?” Mr. Diaz asked.

“Ab­so­lutely. Sure. Why not?” Mr. Trump replied. with a vast back­log of other re­quests for in­for­ma­tion to be de­clas­si­fied, of­fi­cials said on Tues­day. The move il­lus­trates the huge ad­min­is­tra­tive bur­den caused by Clin­ton’s de­ci­sion to use a pri­vate email ad­dress for of­fi­cial com­mu­ni­ca­tions as sec­re­tary of state and a judge’s rul­ing in a Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion Act law­suit that they be re­leased,” re­ports Reuters for­eign pol­icy cor­re­spon­dent Ar­shad Mo­hammed.

This is in ad­di­tion to the 20 per­ma­nent, and 30 part-time work­ers called in to pore over the monthly, court-or­dered re­lease of Mrs. Clin­ton emails.

“The United States is an Arc­tic Na­tion and the Coast Guard has op­er­ated in the Arc­tic since the 1860s. Reach­ing the North Pole serves as a tes­ta­ment to the Coast Guard’s con­tin­ued abil­ity to pro­vide ac­cess and pres­ence through­out this in­creas­ingly im­por­tant and op­er­a­tionally chal­leng­ing re­gion of the world,” the Coast Guard notes.

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