Asked about his opinion of President Trump Sunday at the end of the Northern Trust Open, golfing legend Tiger Woods decided to take a very different tack than NBA star LeBron James.
Back in July, James’ made his political views very clear during an interview with CNN’s Don Lemon, according to the Washington Post. While speaking about a new school his charitable foundation built, James started spouting off about the president.
“We are in a position right now in America where this race thing has taken over … because I believe our president is kind of trying to divide us,” he told Lemon. “Is. Is. I don’t want to say ‘kind of.’ He’s dividing us. And what I’ve noticed over the last few months, he’s kind of used sport to kind of divide us.”
After finishing a final round of golf in Paramus, New Jersey, according to Mediate, a reporter asked Woods for his view on Trump. Take a look:
Woods replied, “He is the president of the United States, and 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.”
But the reporter wasn’t satisfied with that answer and tried again, asking him, “Do you have anything more broadly to say about the state, I guess, the discourse of racial issues?”
“No,” the golfer shook his head. “I just finished 72 holes and am really hungry.”
As “Fox & Friends” noted Monday morning, it wasn’t the kind of answer that makes him popular among many other celebrities and with the mainstream media. But it definitely earned him accolades from Trump, a fellow golfer he’s known personally for years.
“The Fake News Media worked hard to get Tiger Woods to say something that he didn’t want to say,” the president wrote on Twitter. “Tiger wouldn’t play the game — he is very smart. More importantly, he is playing great golf again!”
After playing golf with Trump in 2016, Woods commented, “What most impressed me was how far he hits the ball at 70 years old. He takes a pretty good lash,” according to USA Today.
He added: “Our discussion topics were wide-ranging; it was fun. We both enjoyed the bantering, bickering and needling. We didn't have a match and played for fun. I was testing drivers and fairway woods, and changed some settings. I think he enjoyed seeing the difference in shots when you experiment.”