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Trump Defends His 17-Day Trip As ‘Not A Vacation’ After Surprising Wedding Guests At His NJ Golf Resort

President Trump’s golf getaways may one day become the stuff of legend. Although he previously criticized Barack Obama for taking vacations and playing golf, he won’t tame his own habit, and as a result, outlets have noticed that Trump has spent already 13 out of 28 weekends away from the White House since his inauguration. During these voyages, Trump often plays golf (at times, with other world leaders) or drives on the green, maybe because those thirty-foot three-foot putts must be exhausting. And on Saturday, Trump wore golf attire while greeting wedding guests at his Bedminster, N.J. golf resort — the site of his current 17-day trip.

About an hour after this video surfaced on social media, Trump tweeted a defense of his extended stay away from the official presidential residence: “Working in Bedminster, N.J., as long planned construction is being done at the White House. This is not a vacation – meetings and calls!”

Indeed, Trump may also be responding to the recent “Lazy Boy” Newsweek cover that must have gotten under his skin. A month ago, he would have lashed out at the cover, but new White House Chief of Staff John Kelly has had a noticeable effect upon the severity of such outbursts.

However, Trump’s more measured tweeting tone won’t quell the criticism of his extended time away — even though he will surely take some meetings and calls — after he reportedly called the White House a “dump.” In the president’s absence, some (much needed?) overhauls shall take place. This includes a revamping of the property’s heating and cooling systems along with some cosmetic work. White House Social Media Director Dan Scavino tweeted these photos of renovations commencing on the Oval Office.

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