President Trump defended himself in a Twitter post on Wednesday, stating that he never told members of his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf club that the White House is “a real dump.”
“I love the White House, one of the most beautiful buildings (homes) I have ever seen,” Trump tweeted. “But Fake News said I called it a dump – TOTALLY UNTRUE.”
Trump’s tweet was made the day after Sports Illustrated reported that Trump had told Bedminster members that the reason he visits the New Jersey property so often is that “that White House is a real dump.”
“Trump is often at his most unguarded among the people who pay for their proximity to him,” the article stated.
Often criticized for going on frequent golf outings and making many other trips to his Trump Organization-owned properties, Trump usually just brushes it off, but this time, he refused to let the lie persist in the media.
Since John Adams, the second president of the United States, moved into the newly-constructed residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue on Nov. 1, 1800, every president has lived there. Predicting that the mansion and its public buildings, including the Capitol, would need to serve “beyond the present day,” George Washington selected the site and approved the final design.
Despite having survived near destruction in the War of 1812, a major expansion in 1902, and a near-total reconstruction in the early 1950s, the White House has always looked the same. In fact, if George Washington were to see it today, he would easily recognize the building he once referred to as the “president’s palace.”
President Trump began living at the White House mansion just after taking office, but his wife, Melania, stayed with their son, Barron, at their home in New York City so that the 11-year-old could finish the school year in one place. Mother and son moved into the residence on June 8 and have been living there since.
I love the White House, one of the most beautiful buildings (homes) I have ever seen. But Fake News said I called it a dump – TOTALLY UNTRUE
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 3, 2017
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