Like many denizens of Washington DC, President Donald Trump is escaping the heat that smothers the nation’s capital in August.
But his respite is anything but brief. The president will spend 17 days at his private golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, for what the White House bills as a “working vacation”.
For someone who brands himself as an indefatigable worker, the nearly three-week holiday has raised a few eyebrows.
In his 2004 book, Think Like a Billionaire, Mr Trump offered the advice: “Don’t take vacations. What’s the point? If you’re not enjoying your work, you’re in the wrong job.”
However, the president’s departure is also part of a planned renovation. The entire West Wing staff is required to vacate the premises in August while the building’s 27-year-old heating, air conditioning and ventilation system is replaced, according to White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters.
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