Trump will re­set in N.J.

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By The Wash­ing­ton Post

BED­MIN­STER, N.J.» Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, who knocked his pre­de­ces­sor’s work ethic and said he prob­a­bly wouldn’t take va­ca­tions as pres­i­dent, has set­tled in for 17 days here at his se­cluded golf club in New Jersey’s fox-hunt and horse coun­try.

Aides are billing Trump’s time at one of his fa­vorite prop­er­ties as a “work­ing va­ca­tion,” a no­tion bol­stered by his ar­rival on Air Force One on Fri­day with a ret­inue of aides, in­clud­ing his newly minted chief of staff, re­tired Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly.

Trump agreed. “Work­ing in Bed­min­ster, N.J., as long planned con­struc­tion is be­ing done at the White House,” Trump said on Twit­ter. “This is not a va­ca­tion - meet­ings and calls!”

He was re­fer­ring to an over­haul of the heat­ing and air-con­di­tion­ing sys­tems and other ren­o­va­tions in the West Wing.

Other Trump tweets Satur­day night of­fered praise for At­tor­ney Gen­eral Jeff Ses­sions, who Trump only re­cently re­ferred to as “be­lea­guered,” and for the United Nations Se­cu­rity Coun­cil ac­tion on North Korea.

Trump also is­sued a state­ment de­fend­ing his na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser, H.R. Mcmaster, who has been un­der fire from con­ser­va­tive groups for push­ing out sev­eral hard-lin­ers on the na­tional se­cu­rity staff and re­new­ing the se­cu­rity clear­ance of for­mer pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s last na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser, among other things. Trump was briefed on Satur­day morn­ing by Kelly on a Marine Corps he­li­copter crash off the coast of Aus­tralia.

Still, even some close to Trump hope that his time in this 8,200-per­son town­ship about 45 miles west of New York City will pro­vide as much of an Au­gust respite as pos­si­ble from his first six months in the White House.

“It’s good for ev­ery­one,” Barry Ben­nett, a Trump ad­viser dur­ing the cam­paign, said of the break. “It’s good for the pres­i­dent, and it’s good for Wash­ing­ton. I hope it’s a few hard days of noth­ing­ness.”

Trump has no pub­lic events sched­uled over the week­end and planned to re­main on his 535-acre prop­erty, where he has al­ready spent four week­ends since ar­riv­ing in of­fice and which some lo­cals have taken to call­ing “Camp David North.”

Aides said over the com­ing days, staffers are ex­pected to cy­cle in and out of town and that the pres­i­dent will be kept fully up to speed on de­vel­op­ments at home and abroad.

A series of meet­ings and phone calls are ex­pected with sev­eral law­mak­ers, who face a weighty agenda next month, in­clud­ing a re­quest from the ad­min­is­tra­tion to in­crease the na­tion’s debt ceil­ing, as well as promised ac­tion on tax re­form. And it’s pos­si­ble Trump’s time away could in­clude a cou­ple of day trips else­where to high­light ini­tia­tives or rally sup­port­ers.

“The pres­i­dent will con­tinue to work over the next two weeks,” said deputy press sec­re­tary Lind­say Wal­ters, who is among the White House staffers on site this week­end.

Trump’s trip is very much in keep­ing with a tra­di­tion of pres­i­dents es­cap­ing Wash­ing­ton dur­ing the late sum­mer.

Martha’s Vine­yard, known for its af­flu­ence, be­came the choice sum­mer va­ca­tion spot for both Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton and Pres­i­dent Barack Obama. Clin­ton was also known to make sum­mer trips to Jack­son Hole, Wyo., and the Oba­mas vis­ited sev­eral na­tional parks.

Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H. W. Bush spent his va­ca­tion time at the fam­ily com­pound in Ken­neb­unkport, Maine.

There was a time when pres­i­dents could truly get away, said pres­i­den­tial his­to­rian Robert Dallek, not­ing that Pres­i­dent Franklin D. Roo­sevelt would go on sea voy­ages “be­cause he was so stressed and bur­dened by all the de­mands on him.”

But for pres­i­dents these days, Au­gust get­aways are “never as re­lax­ing as they hope it will be,” said his­to­rian Dou­glas Brink­ley. “You may get a few ex­tra rounds of golf in, but there’s no es­cap­ing the pub­lic eye.”

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