President Donald Trump boarded Marine One at his Trump National Golf Club on Friday, going straight from 18 holes of golf to Camp David to meet his family for a final Thanksgiving at the presidential retreat.
The president saluted two Marines in dress uniforms as he climbed aboard, still wearing his red golf jacket and red ‘Make America Great Again’ cap with the number 45 – he is the 45th president – embroidered on the side.
He’s headed to the posh, secluded presidential retreat in Catoctin Mountain Park, in Frederick County, Maryland, about 60 miles north of the White House.
Waiting on the other end of his 25 minute flight are his adult children.
Trump longtime aide Dan Scavino, who is close to the president and his family, posted a photo on Twitter of all the adult Trump children together outside sitting around a fire pit. Their significant others are with them.
The location on the tweet says ‘Camp David’ and it was posted Thursday night.
In the picture, Kimberly Guilfoyle is next to her boyfriend Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner has his arm around his wife Ivanka Trump, Lara Trump sits in Eric Trump’s lap, and Tiffany Trump is next to her boyfriend Michael Boulos.
President Donald Trump boarded Marine One at his Trump National Golf Club on Friday, going straight from 18 holes of golf to Camp David
President Trump on Friday played golf for the second day in a row of his Thanksgiving holiday
President Trump waves goodbye as he prepares to leave his golf course via Marine One
Marine One sits in front of the club house at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Va.
President Trump got in 18 holes of golf before heading to Camp David to meet his family
Longtime Trump aide Dan Scavino (center) posted a pic of President Trump’s adult children and their significant others: Kimberly Guilfoyle, Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, Lara Trump, Eric Trump, Tiffany Trump and Michael Boulos
The rustic rural retreat that Trump can’t stand
The secluded presidential retreat – originally known as Hi-Catoctin – is located in Catoctin Mountain Park, in Frederick County, Maryland, about 60 miles north of the White House.
It was built as a camp for federal government agents in 1935, and in 1942 was converted into a presidential retreat by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
The President’s cabin – known as Aspen Lodge, sits on a hilltop overlooking the sprawling Maryland countryside. It has several bedrooms, a small office, kitchen and large patio. It also has a heated swimming pool and a single golf hole. There are 12 guest cabins on the property.
In the past, Camp David has been the scene of some of the United States’ most important diplomatic deals, with former presidents using the location for summits with world leaders.
But unlike other U.S. presidents, Trump is not a frequent visitor to the camp.
He has not visited the retreat often in the time he has been in office.
Trump made his first trip to Camp David five months into his presidency, and before being sworn in, famously snarked: ‘It’s nice. You’d like it. You know how long you’d like it? For about 30 minutes.’
Camp David was built as a camp for federal government agents and their families by the Works Progress Administration in 1935.
In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt converted it to a presidential retreat and renamed it ‘Shangri-La’, for the fictional Himalayan paradise in the 1933 novel Lost Horizon by British author James Hilton.
Camp David received its present name in 1953 from President Dwight D. Eisenhower, in honor of his father, and grandson, both named David. Eisenhower had the practice golf facility built at Camp David.
Trump is not a frequent visitor to the presidential retreat, which other presidents have used to host summits and world leaders.
He was going to hold the 46th G7 summit there on June 10–12, 2020, but it was cancelled due to health concerns during the COVID pandemic.
Trump left the White House for his Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Va., on Friday morning. He also got in 18 holes of his favorite sport on Thursday morning before his Thanksgiving dinner.
The president started his Friday morning by continuing his rant against Twitter, criticizing the social media company for suspending the account of one of his Republican allies in Pennsylvania and comparing its actions to those of a communist country.
He also said President-elect Joe Biden can only enter the White House if he can prove his votes are not ‘fraudulent’ – a step back from Thursday’s admission he would cede the residence for his Democratic rival in a peaceful transfer of power.
‘Biden can only enter the White House as President if he can prove that his ridiculous “80,000,000 votes” were not fraudulently or illegally obtained. When you see what happened in Detroit, Atlanta, Philadelphia & Milwaukee, massive voter fraud, he’s got a big unsolvable problem!,’ Trump tweeted.
Trump has refused to concede the election despite Biden’s massive lead in the popular vote and the electoral college. Several foreign leaders have recognized Biden as the president-elect, calling to congratulate him, and so have several top business leaders, including some who are close to Trump.
Additionally, the president’s campaign has shown no evidence of massive voter fraud. State officials have also said the election was smoothly run. Trump’s legal cases have gone no where.
He took up his crusade against the social media platform on Friday morning, blasting it for suspending the personal account of Pennsylvania Republican state Senator Doug Mastriano, who convened Wednesday’s hearing-style event in Gettysburg to examine the presidential vote in that state.
President Donald Trump salutes the Marines as he walks toward Marine One
The president wore his red golf jacket and red ‘Make America Great Again’ cap for the flight
President Trump waves from his golf cart at the Trump National Golf Club
Marine One takes of with President Trump on board, headed to Camp David in Maryland
President Donald Trump leaves the White House on Friday morning for his golf course
President Donald Trump on his Trump National Golf Course in Sterling, Va., on Friday
Joe Biden won Pennsylvania by more than 81,000 votes but Trump is contesting the results. He won the state in the 2016 contest and was leading in the early vote totals this year. But Biden surged ahead when mail-in ballots were counted.
‘Wow! Twitter bans highly respected Pennsylvania State Senator Doug Mastriano after he did a great job of leading a hearing on the 2020 Election fraud. They and the Fake News, working together, want to SILENCE THE TRUTH. Can’t let that happen. This is what Communist countries do!,’ Trump tweeted Friday morning before he headed to his golf course.
He also tweeted several news bites from OANN and Newsmax – two conservative news networks – that backed up his claim he won Pennsylvania and mocked Biden’s viewership for his Wednesday Thanksgiving address.
And he retweeted several campaign-style videos that Scavino had posted in the past few weeks.
The president sent out almost 20 tweets and retweets on the morning after Thanksgiving.
Twitter has labeled many of the president’s tweets as containing disputed information.
Trump, who has long accused the social media site of being biased against conservatives, also accused Twitter of making up ‘negative stuff’ for their trending section, and called for the repeal of Section 230, a part of a law that shields internet companies from liability for the content that users post.
His rant came after he admitted on Thursday that it’s a ‘very hard thing to concede’ the election.
But he stopped short of admitting that meant he had lost – despite Biden’s huge lead in Electoral College votes and refused to say if he would attend the inauguration.
President Donald Trump is seen above on Thursday snapping at a White House reporter during a question-and-answer session
While a concession speech may not be in the offing, the president did say on Thursday that he would leave the White House if Biden is confirmed as the next president by the Electoral College.
When asked whether he would vacate the building, allowing a peaceful transition of power in January, the president said: ‘Certainly I will. But you know that.’
But Trump renewed his unproven claims that ‘massive fraud’ and crooked officials in battleground states caused his election defeat.
He insisted that ‘a lot of things’ would happen between now and then that might alter the results.
‘This has a long way to go,’ Trump said, even though he lost.
The meeting was the first time the president had taken questions from the press since Election Day.
The president spent the Thanksgiving holiday having dinner with his ‘immediate family’ on Thursday – the White House would not say who that all included.
But, in his Thanksgiving proclamation, President Trump encouraged Americans to gather and give thanks.
‘I encourage all Americans to gather, in homes and places of worship, to offer a prayer of thanks to God for our many blessings,’ he said in a statement.
Trump’s urging Americans to gather for the holiday comes as daily deaths from COVID-19 in the United States have surpassed 2,100 for the first since May as millions of Americans continue to ignore CDC travel guidance and dire warnings from health experts that Thanksgiving could be the ‘mother of all superspreader events’.
And Trump’s family offered their own holiday warm wishes before they headed to Camp David.
‘Happy Thanksgiving,’ Ivanka wrote in the caption of a family photo featuring her husband Jared Kushner and their three children – Arabella, Joseph and Theodore.
Lara also shared an image on Instagram showing her sitting in the back seat of a vehicle with Eric and their two children, Carolina and Eric Jr.
‘We’ll report back on how this goes. #HappyThanksgiving,’ Lara wrote. They appeared to be taking a road trip, but it’s unclear where they went for the day.
Eric Trump shared the photo on his Instagram account.
‘Happy Thanksgiving,’ Ivanka Trump wrote in the caption of a family photo featuring her husband Jared Kushner and their three children – Arabella, Joseph and Theodore – on Thursday
Lara also shared an image on Instagram showing her sitting in the back seat of a vehicle with Eric and their two children, Carolina and Eric Jr
Meanwhile, after wishing his 4.3 million followers a Happy Thanksgiving, Don Jr shared a meme featuring Biden that read: ‘Happy 4th of July!!!’ In the caption of the post, Don Jr wrote: ‘It’s funny because it’s true! #thanksgiving’
Meanwhile, after wishing his 4.3 million followers a Happy Thanksgiving, Don Jr shared a meme featuring Biden that read: ‘Happy 4th of July!!!’
In the caption of the post, Don Jr wrote: ‘It’s funny because it’s true! #thanksgiving.’
His posts came just 24 hours after he announced that he was COVID free and would be spending Thanksgiving with his family.
He didn’t expand on why he’d been given the all-clear or if he had tested negative.
In an Instagram video on Wednesday night, he posed with girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle as he told fans: ‘I got cleared, happy to be healthy and we get to spend Thanksgiving the way it’s mean to to be.
‘We weren’t sure if that was going to be the case so KG and I bought enough for probably a Thanksgiving for six or seven just for us and we’re doing that today, on Wednesday, as a little extra celebration.’
In a video uploaded by Guilfoyle, he said: ‘Heading down to meet up with my family tomorrow- family the way it’s meant to be done. Really excited about that.’
In their videos, Don Jr and Guilfoyle showed off their turkey spread and joked it was enough for ‘six or seven people’
Don Jr being ‘cleared’ is reminiscent of when President Donald Trump had it but refused to quarantine, claiming he had been told by doctors that he was not contagious.
The CDC advice is that anyone who contracts COVID-19 has to quarantine for 14 days to completely clear it from their system.
In their video, Don Jr and Guilfoyle showed off their impressive spread which they said was enough to feed ‘six or seven people’.
‘We got Turkey, stuffing, ravioli – KG made enough stuffing for about 97 people,’ he joked.
Guilfoyle chimed in: ‘Strawberry rhubarb pie. Don ate part of that already.’
Signing off, Don Jr said: ‘We hope that you guys have a wonderful Thanksgiving and just a blessed weekend.’