Tiger Woods on friendship with President Trump: 'We all must respect the office'

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Donald Trump (L) and Tiger Woods in 2013 (Getty Images)

Tiger Woods has spent the past several weeks fielding questions about his incredible career revival. Sunday, after a middling t-40 finish in The Northern Trust, Woods tackled a more controversial topic: President Donald Trump.

Specifically, a reporter asked Woods about his ‘friendly relationship” with the president. “At times, especially 2018, I think a lot of people, especially immigrants are threatened by him and his policy,” the reporter said (via Yahoo Sports.com). “What do you say to people who might find it interesting that you have a friendly relationship with him?”

“Well, he’s the President of the United States,” Woods said. “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 has played a couple of golf rounds with Trump, and praised Trump’s golf game last year.

“People don’t realize he’s that old and can rip it as far as he does,” Woods told reporters. “He keeps himself in pretty good shape and good health and has an inordinate amount of energy.

Woods’ response drew both praise and condemnation on social media, predictably divided sharply along ideological lines.