In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt converted a camp for Federal agents and their families, into a presidential retreat. It was called Catoctin, and basically used by the Navy and the Marines. FDR renamed it Shangri-La. The current official name is The Naval Facility Thurmont, because it is located in Thurmont, MD.

President Dwight David Eisenhower later renamed the grounds Camp David, in honor of his father and grandson, both known as David. Every Commander in chief since that time has made use of the military camp, until now. The 45th leader of the free world, President Donald Trump has yet to utilize this presidential rural retreat.

Some Americans are curious as to why the POTUS is breaking tradition, and wondering what he has against making use of the presidential lodgings. Rather than go the way of leaders before him, the Donald has chosen instead, to do to things his own way, and continue to vacation at Mar-a-lago, the Florida resort named for his second wife, Marla Maples. President Trump has been to his beach front property 7 times thus far since taking office.

Why is the president not following in the footsteps of his predecessors?

The Palm Beach Florida resort Mar-a-lago is considered a second home for the Trump family. It is estimated that the cost of staying at Mar-a-largo far exceeds that of Camp David. Why then is the president spending so much time flying by private Jet to his Florida palace, and not once taking a 20 minute helicopter ride to the presidential quarters?

What reason would there be for his not following in the footsteps of his predecessors?

Yahoo News reported that Camp David offers rustic tranquility, and may possibly be too boring for our Commander-in-Chief. The jet- setting Donald Trump is used to life in the fast lane. Be that as it may, the American people are footing the bill for a billionaire who can pay his own way to his personal Shangri-La. Every other president made use of the camp that was set aside for them. President Donald Trump should consider doing the same.