President Donald Trump may be scheduled to spend much of the month of August at his club in Bedminster, New Jersey, but he reiterated Monday morning that his time away from Washington is not a vacation.
“Working hard from New Jersey while White House goes through long planned renovation. Going to New York next week for more meetings,” Trump wrote on Twitter Monday. It was a similar message to one he posted online over the weekend, when he wrote that he is “working in Bedminster, N.J., as long planned construction is being done at the White House. This is not a vacation – meetings and calls!”
The West Wing of the White House is currently undergoing renovations that will include new paint and carpeting as well as updates to the heating and air conditioning systems.
Before becoming president, Trump was often loudly critical of the travel and golf habits of his predecessor, former President Barack Obama.
“When will Obama next go on vacation if he wins the election? The day after,” Trump wrote in the fall of 2012 during the lead-up to that year’s presidential election.
“Can you believe that,with all of the problems and difficulties facing the U.S., President Obama spent the day playing golf. Worse than Carter,” Trump wrote on Twitter in October, 2014. “We pay for Obama’s travel so he can fundraise millions so Democrats can run on lies. Then we pay for his golf,” the president wrote later that same month.
Trump’s team has been cagey about disclosing the president’s activities when he travels to his clubs, rarely disclosing them, although he is sometimes photographed wearing golf attire, or sometimes playing golf, by other club members.