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Rory McIlroy has defended his decision to play golf with Donald Trump after a flood of criticism and abuse, saying it "was, quite simply, a round of golf".
The golf star accepted an offer to join the US president on the fairways at Trump International in Florida last weekend.
At the time McIlroy was clearly impressed by Mr Trump's performance. He said: "He [Trump] probably shot around 80. He's a decent player for a guy in his 70s."
However, his actions prompted a backlash on social media, with some labelling him a "bigot" and a "fascist", the 27-year-old Northern Irishman said.
In a post on his Twitter account McIlroy hit back, saying: "I don't agree with everything my friends or family say or do, but I still play golf with them. Last week I was invited to play golf with the President of the United States. Whether you respect the person who holds that position or not, you respect the office that he holds.
"That wasn't an endorsement or a political statement of any kind. it was, quite simply, a round of golf.