President Trump is getting ready to join the annual August exodus from the 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, per the AP. 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. The FAA, meanwhile, has issued an advisory of VIP movement from Friday through Aug. 21 for Bedminster, NJ, where the Trump National Golf Club is located, notes Axios.
The White House hasn't been entertaining questions about the president's August plans. Asked whether Trump would be leaving Washington this month, given his recent warning that Congress should stick around until it votes 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." In his pre-president days, Trump didn't think much of getaways. "Don't take vacations," he wrote in his 2004 book, Trump: Think Like a Billionaire. "What's the point? If you're not enjoying your work, you're in the wrong job." (Trump denies a report that he called the White House a dump.)