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Trump’s Vacation Ruins The Day For Kids At A New Jersey Summer Camp
9 months ago

President Donald Trump has taken a "working vacation" at his Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey. His stay has not been without its dramas.

For example, the president held a widely criticized briefing on the nation's deadly opioid epidemic; critics said his proposals were typically simplistic. (Then a reporter noticed that the Trump administration had misspelled the word "opioid" in its press release.)

A couple of nights ago, the president also made headlines for kicking off his vacation with an explosive tweetstorm directed toward the "24/7 #Fake News" which he contends has been a thorn in his side since he took office.

Now he's made headlines again: His "working vacation" ruined a "surprise skydiving spectacle for 250 kids at a day camp after the Secret Service denied clearance for the event," according to a report from Buzzfeed News.

The report continues:

For more than three months, the Tamarack Day Camp in Randolph, New Jersey, had planned a huge surprise for their color war "break" — a common camp tradition which signals the start of a competition between the kids, and which usually involves an elaborate spectacle for the children to enjoy.This year's color war "break" at Tamarack Day Camp involved four skydivers dressed as superheroes who would jump down from a plane and "rescue" the kids from "bikers" who drove into camp, Jessica Grannum, the camp's assistant director, told BuzzFeed News.

A few hours before the event was set to take place, the Secret Service denied Skydive Sussex, the skydiving company, clearance for the event, saying it would have entered the no-fly zone created around Bedminster for Trump's vacation. The agency denied clearance for the event even though the Federal Aviation Administration had already given the go-ahead to fly the plane into Randolph.

"We had 250 kids" — aged 3 to 12 — "on the ground waiting for this to happen," Grannum said. "We were shocked and disappointed. We felt really let down... The FAA was fighting for us, but the Secret Service wouldn't even listen."

The news saddened readers, many of whom expressed their frustrations on social media.

The Secret Service said they strive to “provide a balance between commercial aviation, general aviation, public access and security” when reviewing temporary flight restrictions (TFRs).

“The primary responsibility of the Secret Service is to provide a safe environment for the President,” spokesman Mason Brayman told The Independent in a statement. “Regardless of location, establishing TFRs will present the unique challenge of achieving our stated goal of balancing security with access.”