Trump insists his 17-day Bedminster trip is 'not a vacation'
President Trump has hit back at reports that he is on a 17-day vacation at one of his golf resorts.
He tweeted Saturday, "Working in Bedminster, N.J., as long planned construction is being done at the White House. This is not a vacation – meetings and calls!"
While the building is, indeed, undergoing a renovation, much of the criticism about his time away stems from negative comments he has made in the past about former President Obama; for example, in August 2011, Trump tweeted, "@BarackObama played golf yesterday. Now he heads to a 10 day vacation in Martha's Vineyard. Nice work ethic."
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Two years later, Trump wrote, "Pres. Obama is about to embark on a 17 day vacation in his 'native' Hawaii, putting Secret Service away from families on Christmas. Aloha!"
He has also previously dismissed his need for such a break, saying while campaigning in 2015, "I would rarely leave the White House because there's so much work to be done. I would not be a president who took vacations. I would not be a president that takes time off."
However, a CBS News analysis found that, after 196 days in office, Trump was away from the White House almost twice the number of days Obama was, spending the bulk of his time at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.
Nonetheless, the Washington Post says Trump has already conducted official business while at Bedminster including being briefed on an accident involving a Marine Corps Osprey.
He is expected to be kept up-to-date by staffers and be in touch with lawmakers who are in the process of working on some big agenda items like tax reforms.
Trump will also likely play some golf, as he was already spotted doing on Saturday.