President Donald Trump today begins a “working vacation” at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., that could stretch for 17 days while the air conditioning is fixed at his White House residence.
The Federal Aviation Administration has imposed flight restrictions on the area around Bedminster through Aug. 21.
The extended stay in the Garden State will likely move Bedminster ahead of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach as the president’s top travel destination since his inauguration.
Trump as president has logged 419¼ hours — about 17½ days — in Palm Beach County, primarily at Mar-a-Lago and his nearby Trump International Golf Club in unincorporated West Palm Beach, according to an analysis by The Palm Beach Post.
Trump’s treks to Mar-a-Lago all took place within the first 100 days of his presidency.
According to Mark Knoller of CBS News, who is universally acknowledged as the foremost expert on presidential scheduling over the last four decades, Trump’s seven trips to Mar-a-Lago took place on at least a portion of 25 days.
(Using the Knoller Method, which he has applied to presidents since Jimmy Carter, a Trump arrival at Palm Beach International Airport on a Friday afternoon and departure on Sunday afternoon counts as three days even though the trip itself lasted about 48 hours.)
By Knoller’s count, Trump has spent all or a portion of 14 days at Bedminster before today’s trip.
White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters explained Thursday that Trump is heading to Bedminster to beat the summer heat.
“The President tomorrow will be taking off for Bedminster for a working vacation. As I mentioned, with the HVAC system being replaced, that means that the West Wing will be without air conditioning for the next two weeks, which is why the staff and the President are moving out,” Walters told reporters on Air Force One.