By Harriet Sinclair On 8/3/17 at 10:02 AM
President Donald Trump is set to go on a 17-day golf vacation, despite having criticized his predecessor for taking time off and playing golf.
According to reports from the Associated Press, the Republican will be taking a break from Washington, D.C., on Friday. He’ll be heading to his New Jersey golf course for a 17-day trip in what appears to be a contradiction of his previous statements about vacations.
During his presidential election campaign, Trump told voters: I would rarely leave the White House because there’s so much work to be done. I would not be a president who took vacations. I would not be a president that takes time off.
On another occasion, the president tweeted a quote from his book that suggested people who loved their jobs should not be taking vacations.
Don’t take vacations. What’s the point. If you’re not enjoying your work, you’re in the wrong job.
His suggestion followed a number of tweets critical of President Barack Obama for taking holidays or playing golf, while lamenting the amount of taxpayer dollars it cost for Obama to take a vacation.
When will Obama next go on vacation if he wins the election. The day after, Trump tweeted back in 2012.
President Obama has a major meeting on the N.Y.C. Ebola outbreak, with people flying in from all over the country, but decided to play golf! he said on Twitter in 2014.
Trump also hit the Obamas for wasting taxpayer money with their gate away, tweeting in 2012: The Obama’s Spain vacation cost taxpayers over $476K. They love to spend money.
However, Trump’s own vacations, coupled with weekend trips to his Mar-a-Lago resort, which he has dubbed the Winter White House, have seen him spend far more than Obama did on holidays.
Indeed, according to a report from CNN, Trump was estimated to have spent more than $20 million during his first 80 days as president on trips to his Florida resort. This puts Trump on track to have spent more on travel during his first years as president than Obama did during his eight years in the role.