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.
Before @TigerWoods makes his return next week, he’s teeing it up (quickly) with President Trump and DJ today: https://t.co/u700uU2z4B pic.twitter.com/xAX8i9wZQS
— Golf Channel (@GolfChannel) November 24, 2017
Woods’ response drew both praise and condemnation on social media, predictably divided sharply along ideological lines.
Reporters trying to push Tiger Woods to say negative things about President Trump, someone who he clearly is friendly with, is exactly why the American people are getting sick and tired of the media.
— Tommy Heslin ?? (@tommyheslin_) August 26, 2018
Sorry Tiger, but you’re WRONG! @realDonaldTrump & @GOP NEVER showed respect for @BarackObama, EVER! I have NO respect for Trump or GOP!!! Tiger Woods talks relationship with President Donald Trump: ‘We all must respect the office’ https://t.co/6Bj6lHUtzE
— Colette (C.L.R.) (@CatholicGirl15) August 27, 2018