Woods would not give in to the reporter's attempt to bait him. Simply declining to answer after that. The golfer has played with a number of presidents over the years.
“At a time, especially 2018, I think a lot of people, especially people of color, immigrants feel threatened by him, by his policies. He's thrown himself in sports debates in terms of race with [NBA player] LeBron James, with the [national] anthem. What do you say to people who might find it interesting, I guess, that you have a friendly relationship with him?”
Woods' answer was perfect — exactly the answer all Americans, including limousine liberals in Hollywood, should give when asked.
“Well, he’s the president of the United States and you have to respect the office. And no matter who's in the office, you may like, dislike the personality or the politics, but we all must respect the office," Woods said.
THAT is how you answer a question about the President of the United States if you're an athlete or an actor or a musician — or a plumber or a welder, for that matter. He IS the president and that post commands respect. You can disagree with his politics and his policies (note that Woods never endorses anything about Trump), but the office itself must be respected.