Trump heads to Camp David for the weekend

Trump heads to Camp David for the weekend
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpButtigieg on Mueller report: 'Politically, I'm not sure it will change much' Sarah Sanders addresses false statements detailed in Mueller report: 'A slip of the tongue' Trump to visit Japan in May to meet with Abe, new emperor MORE left the White House on Saturday for an overnight trip to Camp David in Maryland following a busy week in Washington, D.C., with Republicans pushing to overhaul the tax code.

Trump spoke briefly with reporters at the White House after noon on Saturday to tout the tax plan before leaving for the presidential retreat. He is scheduled to return to Washington on Sunday evening.

The president hailed the GOP's release of its final tax bill ahead of expected votes early next week, saying it would amount to a "great Christmas gift" to the middle class.

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Trump, who usually opts to spend weekends at his properties in Bedminster, N.J., and Palm Beach, Fla., has only visited Camp David a handful of times during his presidency. 

He praised the retreat, which has been used by his predecessors, calling it "a very special place" after a visit earlier this year. 

The president's latest visit follows an eventful week in Washington underscored by congressional Republicans' push to overhaul the tax code.

Republicans came one step closer to passing their tax plan on Friday, releasing the final version of their bill. Meanwhile, Sens. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioFreedom to Compete Act would benefit many American workers Booker, Harris have missed most Senate votes Dems say attorney general undermined credibility with Trump talking point MORE (R-Fla.) and Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerPollster says Trump unlikely to face 'significant' primary challenge GOP gets used to saying 'no' to Trump Democrats introduce bill to rein in Trump on tariffs MORE (R-Tenn.) — two key holdouts — announced that they would back the plan, essentially guaranteeing its passage in the Senate.

The developments brought Trump and congressional Republicans closer to securing their first major legislative victory since gaining control of the White House and both chambers of Congress in January.

Trump has said he wants to sign a final version of the tax bill by Christmas.

The president continued to make headlines on Friday when he tore into the FBI shortly before heading to Quantico, Va., to address the agency's training academy. 

“It’s a shame what's happened with the FBI. But we’re going to rebuild the FBI; it’ll be bigger and better than ever,” Trump told reporters outside of the White House. 

Trump also referred to revelations about the bureau's handling of Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonClinton campaign chief: Mueller report 'lays out a devastating case' against Trump Hillicon Valley: Cyber, tech takeaways from Mueller report | Millions of Instagram passwords exposed internally by Facebook | DHS unrolling facial recognition tech in airports | Uber unveils new safety measures after student's killing Heavily redacted Mueller report leaves major questions unanswered MORE's email server and text messages from agent Peter Strzok criticizing him as "really, really disgraceful.”

“You have a lot of very angry people who are seeing it,” the president said. "It's a very sad thing to watch, I will tell you that."

The president also sparked outrage in the intelligence community earlier this month when he tweeted that the FBI's reputation was in "tatters."