Trump Makes First Trip To Camp David As President
WASHINGTON (CBSNews) — President Trump is making his first trip to presidential getaway Camp David on Saturday (June 17) after five months in office and nine weekends spent at his private clubs in Florida and New Jersey.
Mr. Trump, accompanied by first lady Melania and son Barron, departed for the retreat on Saturday (June 17) and will return to the White House Sunday (June 18) afternoon. Mr. Trump has received some criticism for spending so many weekends at his private clubs, trips that cost more in travel expenses and security than stays at, tucked away in the Maryland mountains.
At this same point in their presidencies, former Presidents George W. Bush had already made 11 visits to Camp David; Ronald Reagan, eight; Barack Obama, four; and Bill Clinton, two, according to CBS News White House correspondent Mark Knoller. Those presidents made extensive use of the presidential getaway. In total, Mr. Reagan made 186 visits to Camp David; Mr. Bush, 149; Mr. Clinton, 54; and Mr. Obama, 39.
Critics have raised questions not only over thein Palm Beach, Florida, but over access and . Club members who can afford to be members — and the membership price has increased in recent months — have access to the president that average-income Americans may not, and the club was not built with the security needs of a presidential detail in mind.
Camp David, on the other hand, is relatively isolated on 200 acres in Catoctin Mountain Park in Frederick County, Maryland. The venue includes golfing, a pool, and a lodge, horseback riding and fishing, among other amenities and activities.
In the past, presidents have used Camp David as a place to host foreign leaders, as well as for their personal use.