President Donald Trump is off to his Mar-a-Lago again this weekend with his wife, Melania, and 10-year-old son Barron. This is his fifth trip there and his seventh consecutive weekend staying at his private Florida resort since he became president two months ago. It has been noted that Trump spent his first weekend as president in the White House, but he has been at Mar-a-Lago every weekend since then.
Mar-a-Lago seems to be Trump's preferred retreat more than #Camp David that has been used by every one of his predecessors.
Every time #President Donald Trump goes to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, it costs taxpayers $3 million. He has already spent over $16.5 million on trips to his private resort in just two months compared to his predecessor's $12 million for each year he was in the White House.
All of Trump's trips to Mar-a-Lago come after he vowed during his campaign that he would rarely leave the White House because there is so much work to be done. He said he would not be a president who took vacations because he would rather work. Of the times he has spent at Mar-a-Lago, he has made nine trips to a golf course.
Trump’s frequent trips to Trump-branded properties in Florida are not only costing taxpayers millions of dollars, but he is also breaking campaign promises about working in the White House.
Trump cancels Meals on Wheels budget: $3 million a year.— James Melville (@JamesMelville) March 18, 2017
Trump's weekend trips to Mar-a-Lago: $3 million a trip. pic.twitter.com/GRToTRJPzo
Camp David is the secluded retreat for presidents named after President Dwight David Eisenhower. It is located in the mountains overlooking Thurmont, Maryland about 62 miles northwest of Washington, DC. Since the country retreat was built in 1935, every United States President has visited there except President Donald Trump.
According to Mark Knoller, the CBS News White House reporter, President Obama visited Camp David 39 times and stayed there a total of 93 days. While that might seem like a lot, it really wasn't. It amounted to only 3 months or 3 percent of his 8 years in the White House.
President George W. Bush visited the retreat 149 times during his two terms. He stayed there 487 days. Considering there are 365 days in a year, Bush spent more than a year at Camp David. President Ronald Reagan used the camp more than any other president.
Will Trump ever use Camp David? Maybe and maybe not. #mar a lago