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Trump: New Jersey getaway is 'not a vacation'

Trump: New Jersey getaway is 'not a vacation'
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“Working in Bedminster, N.J., as long planned construction is being done at the White House. This is not a vacation - meetings and calls!” Trump tweeted. 
 
The president appeared to be responding to criticism of him for taking a vacation after he repeatedly lambasting his predecessor, Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaGOP group makes late play in Iowa seat once seen as lost Chance the Rapper works as Lyft driver to raise money for Chicago schools Americans are safer from terrorism, but new threats are arising MORE, for doing the same. 
 
CNN flashed an on-screen graphic Friday night over images of Air Force One that read “Vacation Critic Takes Time Off.” 
 
Trump’s vacation does coincide with renovations at the White House that are forcing his staff to temporarily vacate the West Wing, including the replacement of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system. 
 
Other improvements that will be made to the White House during Trump’s vacation include work on the Navy mess kitchen, a restaurant in the West Wing run by the U.S. Navy, the building's lower lobby, the information technology system and other "generic cosmetic upgrades."
 
White House social media director Dan Scavino shared a photo of the Oval Office being cleared out an hour after Trump departed the executive mansion for his trip to the Trump National Golf Club. 
 
 
Presidents routinely leave Washington for vacation during the summer months, and Trump is no exception. But the White House has pushed back on the notion that Trump is truly taking time off, describing his trip as a “working vacation.” 
 
For the most part, Trump’s activities on Saturday were unclear. He received a briefing from chief of staff John Kelly on a U.S. military helicopter crash off the Australian coast. But the White House declined to say what else was on his schedule. 
 
A White House official said that over the next two weeks the president planned to meet with Kelly and other advisers as well as members of Congress. 
 
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But the president also built in some time for leisure. He was filmed Saturday greeting wedding guests at his golf club, something he enjoys doing when he stops by his properties. 
 
One Instagram user also posted a photo of the president in a golf cart that had golf clubs in the back.
While Trump’s defenders say he’s entitled to time off like any other president, his criticism of Obama’s vacation habits have fueled accusations of hypocrisy. 
 
“President @BarackObama's vacation is costing taxpayers millions of dollars—Unbelievable!” he tweeted in January 2012. 
 
Trump promised during the 2016 campaign he wouldn’t follow in Obama’s footsteps, comments that cable news networks have resurfaced on air in recent days.  
 
“I wouldn't leave the White House very much because, you know, little things like these little trips where they get on,” he said last February at a stop in Louisiana. “They cost you a fortune.”