- Tiger Woods was asked for his thoughts on President Trump after his final round at the Northern Trust in August.
- Woods, who has played with Trump in the past, side-stepped detailing his feelings on any particular policy, but noted that people “have to respect the office” of the presidency.
- Trump responded to Woods over Twitter.
- Trump congratulated Woods on winning the Masters Tournament on Sunday.
Tiger Woods was asked about his relationship with President Trump while answering questions after his final round at the Northern Trust in August.
Woods, who has played golf with Trump on numerous occasions, spoke mostly about how long he’s known Trump, side-stepping policy and offering neither a full-throated endorsement nor rebuke of his presidency thus far.
“Well, I’ve known Donald for a number of years,” Woods said. “We’ve played golf together. We’ve had dinner together. I’ve known him pre-presidency and obviously during his presidency.”
When asked what he would say to immigrants and others who felt threatened by the president’s policy agenda, Woods tried to remain diplomatic in his response, calling for respect for the office but not for the man himself.
“He’s the President of the United States. You have to respect the office. No matter who is in the office, you may like, dislike personality or the politics, but we all must respect the office.”
Woods passed on commenting further on the state of race relations in the country. “No. I just finished 72 holes and am really hungry,” he said.
While Woods’ comment fell far short of a ringing tribute to the president, Trump nevertheless seized on the moment to accept his non-compliment.
The Fake News Media worked hard to get Tiger Woods to say something that he didn’t want to say. Tiger wouldn’t play the game – he is very smart. More importantly, he is playing great golf again!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2018
Woods finished at the Northern Trust in 40th place at four-under, 14 shots behind winner Bryson DeChambeau.
On Sunday, Trump tweeted several times as he watched Woods compete in the Masters Tournament, encouraging his followers to “tune in” and congratulating Woods when he won the event.
Love people who are great under pressure. What a fantastic life comeback for a really great guy! https://t.co/41MtJtYEjq
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 14, 2019