In a radical narrative shift in Washington, a new report indicates that the White House is not good enough for Donald Trump, not the other way around.
“That White House is a real dump,” Trump reportedly told members of his Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster, New Jersey, when asked why he spends so much time away from the White House. Golf magazine explores that tableau, and more, in a long feature about Trump’s complicated relationship with the sport.
"He doesn't play a round of golf so much as narrate it, his commentary peppered with hyperbole," the magazine says. "'Is this not the most beautiful asphalt you've ever seen in your life?' he'll say of an ordinary cart path. At the turn he'll ask, 'Have you ever had a better burger?'"
He has apparently visualized a more suitable presidential residence. Trump has spent nearly every weekend of his presidency at one of his properties, including four visits to Bedminster. The site istrumpatmaralago.com has calculated that the president's 11 trips to date have cost taxpayers $29 million. "He has his own cottage adjacent to the pool," Golf magazine says of Trump's Bedminster digs. "It was recently given a secure perimeter by the Secret Service, leading to the inevitable joke that it's the only wall Trump has successfully built."
A White House spokesperson has denied that Trump made the architectural critique. If he did, it would be a turnabout from Trump's remarks in a May issue of Time magazine, where he praised the White House's “beautiful kitchen,” “amazing” phone system and “incredible” historical furniture.
“You have to be a certain type of person,” Trump said at the time. “People have no idea the beauty of the White House. The real beauty of the White House."
Perhaps 1600 Penn just needs a coat of gold. The president is infamously fond of everything gilded, covering Trump Tower and his apartments in it. Since inauguration, he has installed gold curtains, couches and a rug in the Oval Office. He reportedly requested that he ride in Buckingham Palace's special solid-gold carriage when making his first state visit to the UK. That has been postponed to avoid anti-Trump protests.