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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

The Presidents' Game

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina () -- Argentine President Carlos Menem, stung by criticism for playing golf on foreign visits and during a general strike, accused his detractors of envy and argued that golf helped him think.

"Perhaps this is the product of the impotence of those who can't play this sport," said the sports-mad Peronist leader, who is frequently shown by Argentine television playing golf and depicted by cartoonists with a golf club in his hands.

"I think almost all presidents, kings and prime ministers have played golf," he said, citing current and former U.S. presidents Bill Clinton and Dwight Eisenhower as leaders who found the game helped them decide matters of state.

"But I always think, not just when I'm playing golf," he added in an interview with ATC state television.