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

President Trump is slumming it in Maryland this weekend.

President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania and their son Barron are trading their usual luxe weekend get-away at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla. for a more rustic retreat to the presidential Camp David in Maryland's Catoctin Mountains.

The president's inaugural visit to the wooded hideaway arrives almost five months into his presidency. In the below video from CNN, Barron took a second or two to use the phone to either snap a photo of Marine One, after Barron and President Trump and Melania deplaned the aircraft, or attempt to take a photo.

Few expect the luxury-loving leader to make this a regular thing. Trump told global media earlier this year that the presidential retreat is "very rustic" and that he'd "like it. for about 30 minutes". "You know how long you'd like it? For about 30 minutes", he said.

Trump, a NY real estate mogul whose permanent residence is a guiled penthouse inside Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue, is not expected to make Camp David a regular getaway.


President Trump returned to the White House Sunday afternoon after making his inaugural visit to Camp David almost five months into his presidency.

The post also noted it would update with additional information should more details become available.

The presidential retreat, located 62 miles north-northwest of Washington, D.C.in the Catoctin Mountain Park, is officially known as the Naval Support Facility Thurmont, but was re-dubbed Camp David by President Dwight Eisenhower in honor of his father and grandson, both named David. You have a place to house your staff if you chose to use it. President George H.W. Bush hosted Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev for summit talks.

"Everything that a president needs in the White House is built-in there", said Anita McBride, who was First Lady Laura Bush's chief of staff.

The Camp David Accords between Israel and Egypt were negotiated in its wood-paneled cabins under President Jimmy Carter, and George W. Bush gathered his Cabinet there after the 9/11 terror attacks. "But, I like to say, it doesn't really affect the residents". Ronald Reagan was the most frequent presidential guest, logging 186 visits.

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