President Donald Trump was a frequent Twitter critic of former President Barack Obama for his vacation days and golf outings, but to date, Trump has outpaced the former president on both those fronts.
Before entering the White House, Trump was a frequent critic of Obama’s personal time outside the Oval Office. Trump even criticized taking vacations at all.
“Don’t take vacations. What’s the point? If you’re not enjoying your work, you’re in the wrong job,” tweeted Trump in 2012.
Trump has apparently changed his position on the matter, as the president is set to take a 17-day vacation starting Friday. The president will head to his private golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey for what his aides are calling a “working vacation.” While he’s gone, the White House will receive maintenance on the heating and cooling system. Everyone, including staff, will be required to vacate the building during that time.
Presidential vacations are easy fodder for criticism from the opposition party. During Obama’s time in office, Trump himself blasted the former president frequently on Twitter and called him the “habitual vacationer.” But exactly how much more vacation time Trump has taken compared to his predecessor depends on how you look at it.
This is Trump’s first official vacation, however the president has visited one of his private properties upwards of 40 of the days he’s been in office — so far he’s spent seven weekends at Mar-a-Lago. And sometimes Trump adds work to pleasure, such as when he hosted and golfed with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during one of the Mar-a-Lago outings. But in addition to the 17 days he will take in Bedminster, one can additionally count all of his other golf outings as part-day vacations.
Trump and his staff are also notoriously sneaky about whether Trump is golfing or working during these trips to his properties. His press office has tried to obscure how much the president plays. There was an incident in February during which one of his golf partners outed the president.
“I know he played a couple of holes this morning but I am not going to disclose any of the others that were there,” said Sarah Huckabee Sanders at a press conference about a February 19 outing.
Trump was reportedly playing with professional golfer Rory McIlroy, who told a golf blog that he hit a full 18 holes with the president. Huckabee Sanders, when…