From regal to rustic, Trump heads to Camp David for weekend

by Garry Watts June 18, 2017, 0:03

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will spend this weekend at Camp David, marking the first time the family has visited the presidential country retreat. Along with the president was his wife Melania and their 11-year-old son Barron - and Melania's parents.

But Trump has preferred his own properties. Trump was scheduled to return to the White House on Sunday.

The National Park Service announced on its website, "Due to increased security measures, portions of Catoctin Mountain Park will be closed effective 9:00 PM, Friday, June 16".

Well, it's not gilded faucets and crystal chandeliers, but United States presidents have been visiting the camp for seven decades.

Presidents have been going to the refuge about 70 miles from the White House for seven decades, and not always just for a rest. It was good enough for a meeting between FDR and Churchill to plan the Normandy invasion. Jimmy Carter used Camp David for peace talks between Egypt and Israel.

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It's been almost a year since the last presidential visit to Camp David; of the past four commanders-in-chief, Bill Clinton made 54 trips there, George W. Bush 149, and Barack Obama 39, CBS's Mark Knoller reports.

Camp David is the secluded retreat for presidents named after President Dwight David Eisenhower that was built in 1935.

A short drive from the town of Thurmont, Maryland, Camp David covers more than 125 acres, with a cabin for the president and about a dozen cabins for guests. Richard Nixon was a fan, as was Ronald Reagan.

The facility also includes tennis courts, a heated swimming pool and hot tub, a chapel, a bowling alley, a movie theater, and a single golf hole with multiple tees (something the golf-loving Trump should enjoy). "It was a place that really refreshed them", she said. As reported by the Inquisitr, tracking President Trump via social media geo-tagging on the weekends usually involves scouring Instagram locations at Trump golf clubs or hotels.


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