President Trump, who once pledged to voters that he would “rarely leave the White House because there’s so much work to be done,” is set to leave DC for a 17-day vacation at his private Bedminster golf club in New Jersey, according to The Associated Press.
“I would not be a president who took vacations,” Trump told his supporters during his 2016 presidential election campaign. “I would not be a president that takes time off.”
The president, who recently urged Congress to cancel its August recess and keep working until it repeals ObamaCare, frequently criticized his predecessor for taking time off and playing golf.
“When will Obama next go on vacation if he wins the election? The day after,” Trump tweeted back in 2012.
“President Obama has a major meeting on the N.Y.C. Ebola outbreak, with people flying in from all over the country, but decided to play golf!” he said on Twitter in 2014.
“The Obama’s Spain vacation cost taxpayers over $476K. They love to spend money,” he attacked Obama in a 2012 tweet.
In 2012, the president tweeted a quote from his book that suggested people who loved their jobs should not be taking vacations.
"Don't take vacations. What's the point? If you're not enjoying your work, you're in the wrong job." — Think Like A Billionaire
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 19, 2012
During his first 80 days as president, Trump was estimated to have spent more than $20 million on trips to his Florida resort, reports CNN.
This puts Trump on track to have spent more on travel during his first years as president than Obama did during his eight years in the role.
Trump has spent 13 of the 28 weekends he’s been President out of Washington, D.C., according to the Associated Press.
According to NBC News, during his first 195 days in office, Trump has spent 58 days at a Trump-branded property, and 43 days at a Trump-branded golf property.
The president fired back at a Golf Magazine report on Tuesday night which claimed that he had told his golf buddies that the executive mansion was a “real dump,” calling it “TOTALLY UNTRUE.”
Reporter Alan Shipnuck responded to the president’s denial, telling Golf Magazine that eight or nine people heard Trump call the White House a dump.