While he was on the campaign trail, Donald Donald Trump never held back from criticizing his predecessor, Barack Obama, for taking vacations during his time in office. Trump regularly laid into the former President for the time he spent golfing or traveling out of town with his family. Once he took office, however, Trump must have realized the job is pretty stressful.
According to their data, Trump has spent more time on vacation than any President in recent memory. In fact, Trump has more than quadrupled Obama's time away from the White House.
So glad to see he's enjoying his retirement.— Adrienne Asher Ⓥ (@AdrienneAsher) December 28, 2017
The Trump administration claims much of the time the President spends away from the White House (often at Trump-owned properties like Mar-a-Lago or his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey) are working vacations, where the President handles his duties while on the go. Considering the constant demands of the job, this is likely.
I remember being appalled by the number of days W took off, sigh.— Stephanie Beekeeper (@SBeekeeper) December 28, 2017
Every time Trump visits one of his own properties, American taxpayers are essentially putting money into the President's pockets. Many predictions forecast that Trump's personal costs are on pace to outspend every other President, but what's most concerning to many is that Trump is using the power of his office to increase his personal wealth.
At Mar-a-Lago, his private dlub. The one that he still profits from. The one he keeps staying at on the taxpayers' dime.— Thomas A Jones III (@JThomasAlbert) December 28, 2017
We paid for those dinners.
I find it interesting which party 'vacations' the most... just sayin'— Mama_T (@tamwright66) December 28, 2017
If he owns the property, that just gives him incentive to spend even MORE, since it all goes back to him. He's essentially stealing from the taxpayers.— Kylo Stimpy (@tonygoldmark) December 28, 2017
Meanwhile Trump's approval ratings are historically low for a President in his first year of office. They bottomed out around 38% in August and are currently seeing a small bump to the mid-40s following the passage of the GOP's tax reform bill.
Seems proportionate to his current approval rating— Jay Greinsky (@JayPaperAntique) December 28, 2017