'Must Respect the Office': Tiger Woods Questioned on His 'Friendly Relationship' With Trump
Tiger Woods on Sunday shot down questions about his relationship with President Donald Trump, urging people to respect the office of the president.
Speaking to reporters after the final round of the U.S. PGA Northern Trust tournament, Woods was asked if he had anything to say regarding his friendly relationship with Trump.
“At times, especially in 2018, I think a lot of people, especially immigrants are threatened by him and his policy — what do you say to people who might find it interesting that you have a friendly relationship with him?” a reporter asked Woods.
“Well, he's the president of the United States. You have to respect the office. And no matter who is in the office, you may like, dislike the personality or the politics, but we all must respect the office,” Woods answered.
Trump and Woods have golfed together over the years and have remained in touch ever since Trump took office.
“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.”
A reporter asked Woods if he had anything more broadly to say about the state of race relations in America.
Woods replied, “No. I just finished 72 holes and [I'm] really hungry.”
Trump took to Twitter Monday morning to praise Woods for refusing to criticize him, accusing the reporter of attempting "to get [Woods] to say something that he didn’t want to say.
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