President Donald Trump apparently doesn't think too highly of the White House -- at least compared to the golf clubs he owns and frequents on weekends away from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
In Alan Shipnuck's piece on Trump for "Sports Illustrated," he details an anecdote from a recent Trump trip -- one of 43 in six-and-a-half months as President of the United States -- to Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., in which he explains to his playing partners why he goes to his golf courses and country clubs so frequently.
"That White House is a real dump," Trump reportedly said.
Of course, that could have been said in jest. It also could be the President's real opinion of the White House.
When Trump heads to Trump National in New Jersey for weekend visits, he shacks up in a special cottage for him which has a perimeter secured by Secret Service. When Trump arrives at his clubs, Secret Service performs pre-arrival security checks, and all buildings are secured so that club members must pass through security checks to get in the clubhouse or other buildings where Trump may be present on the property.
Trump made his last trip to New Jersey in July to take in the 2017 US Women's Open for the final three rounds of the competition, marking the second time in 2017 a Trump-owned facility hosted a major championship.
Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Va., which is some 25 miles from the White House, hosted the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship over Memorial Day weekend. Trump declined to attend after considering an appearance on championship Sunday, which turned out to be a rainy affair. However, while Trump plays golf and spends time at his D.C. area club, he inevitably returns to the White House -- you know, the dump -- to stay the night.