Trump picks simple over swanky, heads to Camp David


Melania Trump and President Donald Trump with their son Barron, en route to Camp David on June 17. In fact, President Trump once cracked a joke about Camp David, calling it "rustic".

Have you read Trendiee Today? Camp David has traditionally been the getaway spot for presidents ever since 1942, and Trump will be the 14th president to stay there. So far, he has preferred spending weekends at his luxurious properties in Florida or New Jersey over the White House.

President Trump, first lady Melania, and their son, Barron, leave the White House for Camp David.

Melania was in a light blue dress and wore sunglasses on an overcast day. He went without one of his signature lengthy ties, she was stylishly casual as well in a belted shirtdress - a $1,795 Gabriela Hearst design - while their son, Barron, sported Arsenal Football Club soccer shorts. They moved into the White House last Sunday. President Donald Trump is picking simple over swanky this weekend. It was good enough for Carter's peace talks between Egypt and Israel.

The residence has also been used by United States presidents to receive visiting foreign leaders and host diplomatic talks.

Do you something awesome to share with the world? By this point in their presidencies, Barack Obama had visited four times, George W. Bush 11 times and Bill Clinton twice, according to CBS News' Mark Knoller, who tracks presidential travel.

The 125-acre retreat includes another dozen cabins, tennis courts, a swimming pool, bowling alley, skeet range and movie theater.

More recently, Trump has favored his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, where he also has a home.

Going to his properties incurs additional security expenses, unlike a trip to Camp David, which is protected year-round as a military installation.

Trump waved at the assembled press, ignored several shouted questions about the special prosecutor investigating him for possible obstruction of justice, and with that, was soon headed off for what aides said they hope will be a relatively relaxing Father's Day weekend.

Camp David is located in the wooded hills of Catoctin Mountain Park near Thurmont, Maryland, about 68 miles northwest of Washington, D.C.

John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson were infrequent visitors, though they did use the camp to meet with advisers from time to time. President Ronald Reagan went there more than 150 times, riding his horse and playing host to British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

McBride said George W. Bush loved to ride his bike around the trails, while wife Laura liked to go hiking.