By: Agence France-Presse
Donald Trump, who as soon as requested “what’s the point” of holidays and infrequently admonished his presidential predecessor for taking them whereas in workplace, embarked Friday on a 17-day vacation to one among his golf resorts.
Arriving in Bedminster, New Jersey for an prolonged break, the president left behind a capital grappling with a Russia scandal and buffeted by extraordinary leaks from authorities officers.
He has additionally did not seize any main legislative victories in his first seven months in workplace, and is at odds with a number of Republican lawmakers on a number of fronts.
The White House stated Trump’s Bedminster keep can be a “working vacation,” and cited scheduled upgrades of the West Wing’s creaky heating and cooling system in the course of the steamy Washington summer time as a motive why Trump was leaving city.
“The President will continue to work over the next two weeks,” stated White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters.
A president taking time without work from a busy schedule is nothing new. But Trump’s down time is in the highlight largely due to his relentless criticism of Barack Obama’s breaks from the White House.
He ripped into Obama in 2011 for taking part in golf after which heading to a 10-day vacation in Martha’s Vineyard. “Nice work ethic,” Trump tweeted on the time.
“Pres. Obama is about to embark on a 17 day vacation in his ‘native’ Hawaii, putting Secret Service away from families on Christmas. Aloha!,” Trump posted two years later.
Not solely did Trump assault Obama, he routinely advised supporters he would eschew time without work if he had been elected as a result of he can be swamped with work.
“I would not be a president who took vacations,” he stated in 2015. “I would not be a president that takes time off.”
In late 2012 he tweeted his personal obvious aversion to holidays: “What’s the point? If you’re not enjoying your work, you’re in the wrong job.”
Despite his feedback, Trump has taken significantly extra time without work than Obama in their respective first seven months in workplace.
According to a Washington Post tally, by the top of August Trump may have spent all or a part of 53 days at leisure throughout his presidency, in contrast with 15 days for Obama by way of August 2009.
Much of Trump’s time without work occurred at properties bearing his identify.
At the peak of negotiations over well being care reform, Trump chided lawmakers by saying he couldn’t think about “that Congress would dare to leave Washington” with out sending a brand new well being care invoice to his desk.
Trump finally did not efficiently dealer a deal, the Republican well being care reforms collapsed, and Congress shuttered Thursday for its month-long summer time recess.(AFP)