Ever since President Donald Trump assumed office, critics have slammed him over his frequent visits to his private clubs. Now, the reason has become clear. It appears Trump actually hates the presidential residence.
“That White House is a real dump,” said Trump to his fellow club members while visiting the Trump National Golf Club for the fourth time since Jan. 20.
It is no surprise that Trump is often at his most comfortable among those who pay hundreds of thousands to be in his company. Last November, the then-president-elect held a cocktail party and dinner at Bedminster on the same weekend he was scheduled to interview candidates for his Cabinet.
During dinner, Trump also told his club members, “This is my real group. You are the special people. I see all of you. I recognize, like, 100 percent of you, just about.” He then issued an open invitation to them to come in the very next day and overhear the Cabinet interviews.
No doubt the billionaire real estate mogul is used to bigger and better things than the White House, but that’s no excuse to belittle the mansion (or the efforts of those who worked to preserve it), which has been the official residence of every U.S. president — including Abraham Lincoln, whom Trump reportedly admires —since 1800.
The current president’s attitude toward the White House is markedly different from his predecessor, President Barack Obama, who was fond of saying the D.C. lodging was a “people’s house” and had organized many memorable events, featuring him having the time of his life.
“You couldn’t help but feel a sense of wonder, gratitude about this place and that never goes away,” the former president narrated in a 360-degree video that granted unprecedented access to rooms not open to public and the mansion’s history.
Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton, who had eight years of experience at the manor, also defended the quality of the White House.
Thank you to all the White House ushers, butlers, maids, chefs, florists, gardeners, plumbers, engineers & curators for all you do every day https://t.co/rjQS9HeALG— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) August 1, 2017
Obviously, Trump should have expected backlash for his off-hand remark.
Since Classy Guy Trump thinks the White House is a total dump, presumably he won't mind being evicted from it soon.— John Schindler (@20committee) August 2, 2017
And Republicans were outraged just because Michelle Obama stated the fact that the White House was built by slaves. https://t.co/CXgW5kvzff— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) August 2, 2017
trump calls the White House "a real dump". I actually agree with him. Since he walked in the doors. It's been filled with nothing but trash— Silence Dogood🕯 (@realBigBalls) August 2, 2017
If @realDonaldTrump truly thinks the White House is a "dump," many of us would chip in to pay for the Uhaul to take him back to Trump Tower.— Paul Begala (@PaulBegala) August 1, 2017
Donald Trump thinks the White House is a dump.— Tommy Campbell (@MrTommyCampbell) August 2, 2017
He also thinks getting millions from your dad is being 'self-made'.
The guy is mental.
Trump: The White House is a dump.— Adam Khan (@Khanoisseur) August 2, 2017
Obama: You couldn’t help but feel a sense of wonder, gratitude about this place and that never goes away. pic.twitter.com/WOcCUBv7p5
Shudder thinking about how crazy right-wing America's reaction would've been to Barack Obama calling the White House a "real dump."— Adam Best (@adamcbest) August 2, 2017
It takes a lot of balls to say the White House is a dump when your own pad looks like it was decorated by Flavor Flav's dentist. pic.twitter.com/POuFRhQyXJ— Jesse Joyce (@jessejoyce) August 2, 2017
"The White House is a dump" is an insult to all of us who worked there, to curators who preserved it and its thousands of volunteers.— Micheline Maynard (@MickiMaynard) August 2, 2017
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