Guess Where Trump Is Spending the Weekend?

President giving Camp David a try for the first time
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 17, 2017 8:19 AM CDT
Updated Jun 17, 2017 8:40 AM CDT

(Newser) – President Trump is picking simple over swanky this weekend. For the first time in his five months as president, Trump is heading to Camp David, the government-owned retreat in Maryland's Catoctin Mountains, the AP reports. A frequent weekend traveler, Trump has favored his palatial residences in Florida and New Jersey over the wooded hideaway about 70 miles from the White House. No one expects the luxury-loving leader to make this a regular thing. After all, Trump told foreign newspapers earlier this year that Camp David was "very rustic" and "you know how long you'd like it? For about 30 minutes." Presidents have been coming to the refuge for seven decades, and not always for rest. FDR met with Winston Churchill there in 1943 to review plans for D-Day.

Jimmy Carter pursued peace talks between Egypt and Israel. George HW Bush's daughter Dorothy got married there. Protected by the Marines, Camp David covers more than 125 acres, with a cabin for the president and about a dozen others for guests. There are tennis courts, a heated swimming pool, a bowling alley, a movie theater, and for the golf-loving Trump, a single hole with multiple tees. By this point in their presidencies, Barack Obama had visited four times, George W. Bush 11 times, and Bill Clinton twice. Unlike Trump's other properties, which incur additional security expenses, Camp David is protected year-round as a military installation. "Everything that a president needs in the White House is built in there," says Anita McBride, first lady Laura Bush's chief of staff. (Read more President Trump stories.)

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