President Trump And Family Make First Visit To Camp David And EVERYONE Notices 1 Thing After They Land

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Nearly five months into his presidency, Trump flew for the first time Saturday to the presidential retreat Camp David to spend Father’s Day weekend with his family. 

The government-owned retreat in Maryland’s Catoctin Mountains is a stark difference to Trump’s usual week-end getaways in Florida. The wooded hideaway has been used by many presidents for a break from Washington.

Camp David is just a short helicopter ride from Washington.

Trump’s wife, Melania, their son Barron and the first lady’s parents, Viktor and Amalija Knavs, joined the president for the overnight at Camp David. Trump is scheduled to return to the White House on Sunday.

Trump, a New York real estate mogul whose permanent residence is a gilded penthouse inside Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue, is not expected to make Camp David a regular getaway, Fox News reported.

He told foreign newspapers earlier this year that the retreat was “very rustic” and “you know how long you’d like it? For about 30 minutes.”

Presidents have been going from the White House to Camp David for seven decades — for pleasure and some historic diplomatic negotiations.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt met British Prime Minister Winston Churchill there in 1943, reviewing plans for the invasion of Normandy. Jimmy Carter used it for peace talks between Egypt and Israel. George H.W. Bush’s daughter Dorothy, or “Doro,” got married there.

President Barack Obama unofficially visited the retreat 39 times, but only hosted world leaders twice, the G8 Summit in 2012 and a 2015 meeting with Persian Gulf leaders about the Iran nuclear deal.

“Everything that a president needs in the White House is built in there,” says Anita McBride, who was first lady Laura Bush’s chief of staff. “You have military support. You have a place to house your staff if you chose to use it. It is immediately available. Within 20 minutes you can be there.”

Camp David covers more than 125 acres, with a cabin for the president and about a dozen cabins for guests. Guests can use tennis courts, a heated swimming pool, a bowling alley and a movie theater. For the golf-loving Trump, there is a single golf hole with multiple tees.

Protected by the Marines as part of the Navy budget, Camp David has been utilized more by some presidents than others. By this point in their presidencies, Obama had visited four times, George W. Bush 11 times and Bill Clinton twice, according to CBS News’ Mark Knoller, who tracks presidential travel.

From Wikipedia:

Camp David is the country retreat of the President of the United States. It is located in wooded hills of Catoctin Mountain Park near Thurmont, Maryland, about 62 miles (100 km) north-northwest of Washington, D.C.. It is officially known as the Naval Support Facility Thurmont, because it is technically a military installation, and staffing is primarily provided by the United States Navy and the United States Marine Corps.

Originally known as Hi-Catoctin, Camp David was built as a camp for federal government agents and their families by the WPA. Construction started in 1935 and was completed in 1938. In 1942, 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, which he had jokingly referenced as the source of the Doolittle Raid earlier that year). Camp David received its present name from Dwight D. Eisenhower, in honor of his father and grandson, both named David.

 

The Catoctin Mountain Park does not indicate the location of Camp David on park maps due to privacy and security concerns, although it can be seen by searching Google Maps.

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