After being called a hypocrite by critics for taking a vacation after repeatedly bashing former President Barack Obama for all the extravagant trip he took while he was president, President Trump took to Twitter on Saturday to make sure people know that his 17-day getaway at his New Jersey golf club is “not a vacation.”
“Working in Bedminster, N.J., as long planned construction is being done at the White House. This is not a vacation – meetings and calls!” Trump tweeted.
In a dig at the President, CNN flashed an on-screen graphic Friday night over images of Air Force One that read “Vacation Critic Takes Time Off.” However, there is a perfectly reasonable explanation why the White House is currently vacant — parts of it, including the West Wing, are being renovated.
Trump, his family and his staff had to temporarily vacate the West Wing so that workers could replace the mansion’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning system.
Other improvements that will be made to the White House during Trump’s vacation will include a renovation of the Navy mess kitchen, a restaurant in the West Wing run by the U.S. Navy, work on the building’s lower lobby, updates to its information technology system and other “generic cosmetic upgrades.”
Working in Bedminster, N.J., as long planned construction is being done at the White House. This is not a vacation – meetings and calls!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 5, 2017
White House social media director Dan Scavino shared a photo of the Oval Office being cleared out an hour after Trump departed the executive mansion for his trip to the Trump National Golf Club.
— Dan Scavino Jr. (@Scavino45) August 5, 2017
It’s completely normal for presidents to leave Washington for vacation during the summer months, so there’s really no need for Trump-bashing in this case, but Trump has often said that he doesn’t take vacations, so the liberal media and its followers are taking this opportunity to prove a “gotcha” moment.
Still, Trump wants the American people to know that this trip is a “working vacation,” despite all the photos being posted on social media of the President playing golf and greeting guests to his golf club.
On Saturday, he reportedly received a briefing from chief of staff John Kelly on a U.S. military helicopter crash off the Australian coast, but the White House did not give details of the rest of his schedule for the day. However, he does have plans during the next two weeks to meet with his advisers, as well as members of Congress.
Trump was caught on camera by a news crew on Saturday greeting wedding guests at his golf club, which is something he enjoys doing when he stops by his properties. This prompted some Twitter users to respond with with jealousy and outrage.
— Action News on 6abc (@6abc) August 5, 2017
“This is not a vacation,” @realDonaldTrump tweets.
Meanwhile, on Instagram pic.twitter.com/OL4YXzty6k
— Mike Memoli (@mikememoli) August 5, 2017
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who has also been chastised for vacationing this summer, held an interview with CNN defending Trump’s decision to head to his Trump-owned New Jersey golf club, and even questioned the host about where else Trump would go during his time away. Video of Christie’s defense can be seen below:
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) August 6, 2017
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