Now the man who claimed for decades that he never took vacations will - take a 17 day vacation at his private golf course in New Jersey. Chalk that up as another lie!
Donald Trump once questioned the wisdom of taking vacations. “What’s the point?” he asked.
But now the president is getting ready to join the annual August exodus from the city he calls “the swamp”. Trump is due on Friday to begin his first extended vacation from Washington since the inauguration: 17 days at his private golf club in central New Jersey . . .
The White House hasn’t been entertaining questions about the president’s August plans. Asked whether Trump would leave Washington this month, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Tuesday: “We’ll continue to keep you guys updated on his August schedule as those details are finalized.”
White House officials said this is a “working vacation”, and that Trump would not have time for a reading list, USA Today reported.
Trump and his supporters like to publicize his disdain for taking vacations, when the truth is that he takes them constantly.
“Don’t take vacations. What’s the point? If you’re not enjoying your work, you’re in the wrong job,” Trump wrote in his 2004 book, Trump: Think Like a Billionaire. He told Larry King in an interview that year: “Most of the people I know that are successful really don’t take vacations. Their business is their vacation. I rarely leave. You know that . . .
Actually, Trump gets out of town quite often. So far, he has spent 13 of 28 weekends in office away from the White House, mostly at his properties in Palm Beach, Florida, or in Bedminster, New Jersey, according to an Associated Press count . . .
Contrast Trump’s frequent getaways with his criticism, before and during last year’s presidential campaign, of Barack Obama’s vacations and frequent golf outings.
“@BarackObama played golf yesterday. Now he heads to a 10 day vacation in Martha’s Vineyard. Nice work ethic,” Trump tweeted in August 2011.
Trump said last year that he wouldn’t have time for golf if he became president.
“I’m going to be working for you, I’m not going to have time to go play golf,” he told supporters in Virginia. But he plays golf whenever he’s at his clubs; sometimes it’s the full 18 holes, other times less than that. His staff rarely acknowledges that he plays, even when photos of him on the course pop up on social media.
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