President Trump has been under fire quite a lot recently. Between accusations that his son helped collude with Russia to affect the election, the resignation of his chief-of-staff, the ongoing fight over marijuana legislation, and the failure to pass any bill related to healthcare, it's more than fair to say that the Trump administration is in some hot water. And that won't change with the most recent announcement from the White House that President Trump will start a 17-day vacation to his golf club in New Jersey starting tomorrow.
To be fair to the president, August is usually the month where most people in Washington go on vacation. The House of Representatives is already on their August break and the Senate is expected to end its session this week as well.
Of course, Trump's been under criticism throughout his presidency for taking vacation days. Since his inauguration, Trump's gone on 19 trips and played golf on 41 days. According to the website TrumpGolfCount.com, Trump's golf vacations so far this season have cost taxpayers over $55 million. Not to mention, Trump also said he would rarely take vacations if elected president while on the campaign trail.
“I would rarely leave the White House because there’s so much work to be done,” Trump said in an interview two years ago. "I would not be a president who took vacations. I would not be a president that takes time off.”
And besides Trump's campaign promises, the president also frequently criticized President Obama for taking vacations, even during the August congressional recesses.
Pres. Obama is about to embark on a 17 day vacation in his ‘native’ Hawaii, putting Secret Service away from families on Christmas. Aloha!
Pres. Obama is about to embark on a 17 day vacation in his ‘native’ Hawaii, putting Secret Service away from families on Christmas. Aloha!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 19, 2013
Can you believe that,with all of the problems and difficulties facing the U.S., President Obama spent the day playing golf.Worse than Carter
Can you believe that,with all of the problems and difficulties facing the U.S., President Obama spent the day playing golf.Worse than Carter— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 14, 2014
On the bright side, at least he's vacationing in the United States. So all the taxpayer money being used on this vacation will stay in America.