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Despite his repeated vows of sympathy, Mr. Carney brushed aside the concern among reporters about the lack of access to the golf round.

“The events of this weekend? You mean the fact that the president wanted to play golf with a golf pro?” he asked.

Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer on Tuesday mocked the White House press corps for using a round of golf as the reason to complain about the Obama administration’s lack of transparency.

“He wants privacy? Big deal. This is the biggest nonstory that the media have created since the Kardashian weddings,” Mr. Krauthammer told Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly Tuesday.