Trump Tweet: I’m Saving US Money By Staying At My Private Golf Club

President Donald Trump speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House, Thursday, May 4, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
President Donald Trump claps as he arrives in the Rose Garden of the White House, Thursday, May 4, 2017, in Washington, followed by Vice President Mike Pence after the House pushed through a health care bill. (AP Ph... President Donald Trump claps as he arrives in the Rose Garden of the White House, Thursday, May 4, 2017, in Washington, followed by Vice President Mike Pence after the House pushed through a health care bill. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) MORE LESS
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President Donald Trump touted the cost savings of avoiding New York City Friday morning.

Citing the possibility of a “big disruption” in the Big Apple, the dispatch came in a presidential tweet:

However, it’s unclear if Trump ever planned to spend the full weekend in New York City. The Palm Beach Post, veteran trackers of the President’s flight schedule, reported Monday that the Federal Aviation Administration had posted two notices that morning indicating Trump would spend the weekend in Bedminster, New Jersey, where he owns a private golf club.

And the Apr. 25 press release announcing his schedule in New York on Thursday night didn’t mention any other events in the city scheduled for the weekend.

A White House spokesperson did not immediately respond to TPM’s questions about cost savings.

According to pool reports, Trump arrived at Bedminster late Friday night, after having celebrated House Republicans’ passage of their health bill, and after telling Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull that Australia — with its universal government-funded health care — had “better health care than we do.”

Trump’s first visit back to his hometown was scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. ET and last six hours, the New York Times noted Thursday. His celebration with House Republicans turned it into a brief stopover at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

Democrats have criticized the price of Trump’s near constant weekend trips to his name-branded resorts, and their secrecy. Some in Congress have advocated passage of the “Making Access Records Available to Lead American Government Openness” (MAR-A-LAGO) Act, which would require the White House to release visitor logs for any location the President or Vice President Mike Pence regularly conduct official business.

Trump interviewed now-prominent members of his administration at Bedminster ahead of his inauguration. In one leaked tape recorded in November, he is heard bragging to the club’s deep-pocketed members: “We’re doing a lot of interviews tomorrow — generals, dictators, we have everything,” and, “It’s going to be an unbelievable day. So you might want to come along.”

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  1. I read this and then thought, I’m almost as dumb as he is for clicking on it.

    This is OT but I have a question: When I contribute to someone’s campaign (like Ossoff or Quist), I am then IMMEDIATELY deluged with more emails. Last night I gave some money and within two hours, received two more emails. I then unsubscribed. This is, imo, a TERRIBLE way to fundraise; basically harangue people to death. Any suggestions on how to give and not be pestered or annoyed as hell?

  2. How long before “aging, reclusive dictator” becomes adjectivally attached to “Donald Trump?”

  3. Avatar for pshah pshah says:

    Maybe we ought to put the White House on Airbnb during the weekends for as little as Trump uses it.

    Unfortunately, we won’t get top dollar due to those Cheeto stains on the carpet that just won’t come out.

  4. Camp David, Camp David is set up for a secure respite. Mar-A-Lago is not!

  5. You know how you can really save this country money, PeePee? Stay in the fucking White House instead of traveling to NY in the first place! Your butt buddies threw you a kegger on the WH lawn yesterday to celebrate the planned murder of tens of thousands of Americans and you left town for a photo op on an aircraft carrier. If you’re so enamored of all things military, you could have, ya know, actually shown up when you were drafted instead of claiming some bullshit bone spurs!

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