The AP is shocked that President Trump is going to take a vacation.
Not just shocked, downright angry. They write: “Donald Trump once questioned the wisdom of taking vacations. ‘What’s the point?’ he asked.
“But now the president is getting ready to join the annual August exodus from this town he calls “the swamp.” Trump is due to set out Friday on his first extended vacation from Washington since the inauguration — a 17-day getaway to his private golf club in central New Jersey.”
AP continues, “’Don’t take vacations. What’s the point? If you’re not enjoying your work, you’re in the wrong job,’ Trump wrote in his 2004 book, Trump: Think Like a Billionaire.
“He told Larry King in an interview that year that ‘most of the people I know that are successful really don’t take vacations. Their business is their vacation. I rarely leave. You know that,’ Trump said. ‘You and I are friends. How often do you see me going away?’
“Actually, Trump gets out of town quite often. So far, he has spent 13 of his 28 weekends in office away from the White House, mostly at his properties in Palm Beach, Florida, or in Bedminster, New Jersey, according to an Associated Press count. The figures include a weekend during official travel overseas, and Father’s Day weekend at Camp David, the government-owned presidential retreat in Maryland.”
You mean the “vacation” in Palm Beach where he entertained the Japanese Prime Minister and the Chinese president? Maybe they really weren’t talking global affairs, but having rousing game of poker. Of course, no president ever visited nearby Camp David, did they? Obama, Bush, Clinton? They stayed in DC working, right?
They’re talking about 2004, too. That was 13 years ago when he was 57. Quite a difference to work through at that age than at 70.
AP has to grudgingly that maybe some other factors are involved in his leaving DC.
“The president’s vacation could be driven, in part, by necessity. Everyone who works in the White House West Wing, including the Oval Office occupant himself, will be forced to clear out by week’s end so that the government can replace the balky, 27-year-old heating and cooling system.
“Asked whether Trump would be leaving Washington this month, given his recent warning that Congress should stick around until they vote on health care legislation, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Tuesday: ‘We’ll continue to keep you guys updated on his August schedule as those details are finalized.’”
So it’s not even confirmed that he’ll be gone 17 days.
Thanks, AP. You and other news outlets just keep informing us that most of what you say is fake news.