Trump and Jackson in row over golf

WASHINGTON • Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump has found himself yet another enemy in Hollywood.

This time, it is Samuel L. Jackson, as the two found themselves in a row over golf.

In a recent magazine interview, the actor had said the two had played golf together and that Trump's golf club charged him for membership, despite him not being a member.

"Apparently, he'd made me a member of one of his golf clubs and I didn't even know it," he said.

He also said Trump was "more P.T. Barnum than politician", referring to the American circus impresario, adding that he was clearly a better golfer than Trump.

"I don't cheat," he said.

Trump, who has not let a slight go unchallenged on the campaign trail, hit back on Twitter, posting: "I don't know @SamuelLJackson, to best of my knowledge haven't played golf w/him & think he does too many TV commercials - boring. Not a fan."

On Tuesday, on a talk show, Jackson confirmed that the pair had definitely golfed together and this could be verified by former United States president Bill Clinton. He also described how Trump bent the rules.

On Wednesday, Trump shot back on Twitter: "I don't cheat at golf but @SamuelLJackson cheats - with his game he has no choice - and stop doing commercials!"

He turned the knife, describing Jackson's golf swing as "not athletic".

But he then appeared to issue a good-natured challenge to the actor.

"I've won many club championships. Play him for charity!" he said.

In the last few years, he has argued with celebrities including Rosie O'Donnell, Russell Brand, Mac Miller and Cher.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 08, 2016, with the headline 'Trump and Jackson in row over golf'. Print Edition | Subscribe