Trump heading to New Jersey for 17-day working vacation

Washington - US President Donald Trump was due to depart Friday for 17 days at his golf resort in New Jersey.

Trump is leaving Washington for an extended time away as his White House faces the spectre of a mushrooming Russian investigation and the fallout from a failed effort to revamp health care legislation.
He spent his final hours in Washington visiting with emergency officials to discuss the threat of the summer hurricane season and was to hold a telephone call with French President Emmanuel Macron.
The trip to his golf club in Bedminster is the latest in a string of visits by the president to properties run by his business, including the Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida and Trump National Golf Club in Virginia.
Trump's trip coincides with renovations to the White House's West Wing, where the president and his staff work, including the installation of a new air conditioning system and other maintenance.
The White House stressed Trump needed to leave due to the renovations and would continue to work while in New Jersey.
"The West Wing will be without air conditioning for the next two weeks, which is why the staff and the president are moving out, because I don’t think any of you would like to be in the West Wing in an August DC summer day when it’s over 100 degrees with no air conditioning," spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said.
US presidents traditionally take vacations in August, with Barack Obama usually travelling to Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts and George W Bush often heading to his Texas ranch.


Friday, August 4th 2017

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