Fact Check-No evidence Donald Trump said he plays ‘very little golf’

Social media posts attributing a quotation about playing “very little golf” to former U.S. President Donald Trump are false. Reuters did not find any evidence of Trump ever saying this.

Examples can be seen here and here .

The quotation reads: “Don’t take it personal. When you were fooled, they also were fooled. The truth is, I play very little golf. I’m a little too busy running the world. Stick with me deplorables, you’re going to like the ending. I guarantee it.”

The photograph that often accompanies the quotation is visible on Getty Images here , taken at Turnberry Golf Club in Scotland on June 8, 2015.

Reuters could not find any record of Trump saying this quotation. A Google search here did not reveal any credible reports of Trump saying this.

A search in, a source filled with easily searchable quotations, tweets and comments by Trump ( here ), brings no results.

The quotation does not exist on Trump’s now-deleted and archived Twitter account or in ProPublica’s “Politwoops” archive, which tracks deleted tweets by public officials here .

Trump made a similar remark on Aug. 8, 2016 in a speech in Ashburn, Virginia, which can be heard at the 25:50 mark here . In the video, he says: “I'm going to be working for you, I'm not going to have time to go play golf.”

Trump often criticized former President Barack Obama for playing golf, as reported here .

An analysis by The Washington Post here estimated that Trump probably played 261 rounds of golf over four years.

A representative for Trump did not immediately respond to Reuters request for comment.


False. There is no evidence that former U.S. President Donald Trump said he played “very little golf”.

This article was produced by the Reuters Fact Check team. Read more about our fact-checking work  here  .