Trump flees for luxury vacation as grand jury pursues Russian Federation collusion

White house to undergo renovation

After all, the available evidence is that this White House hires off the dim end of the chandelier.

The Washington Post has even counted the number of days spent by Donald Trump in his residences or devoted to a game of golf.

Whoever leaked the transcripts of President Trump's phone calls with foreign leaders to the press likely committed a crime, former prosecutors said Thursday - as lawmakers called for rooting out the culprit. The vacation will be spent at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. He was accompanied by his daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner, both senior advisers, as well as the aide charged with resetting his chaotic administration- new chief of staff John Kelly. Trump reportedly told the members he visits the property so frequently because "That White House is a real dump".

The leak also brings to mind a telling observation by Anthony Scaramucci, the White House head of communications sacked last week after serving nearly 11 full days. Renovations typically happen in August, but this is far more extensive than normal.

The South Portico steps haven't been restored in 64 years, Walters added.

Although the HVAC systems are 27 years old, they are constantly running. Paint refreshment will cost $275,000.

The leak may be "reflective of a chaotic White House", Mr. Warner said, but warrants a congressional inquiry nonetheless.

No one was allowed to stay at the White House during the renovations, Town & Country reported. "The West Wing is in need of some upkeep".

The Justice Department separately held a press conference Friday morning devoted to the recent wave of unauthorized disclosures and said federal prosecutors are now conducting three times as many investigations into leaks than at the end of former President Obama's administration. He added, "A product of the NY tabloid world, Mr. Trump has an unerring instinct for saying things that will produce gasps".

Barack Obama and Bill Clinton had Martha's Vineyard, George W. Bush had his ranch in Crawford, Texas, George H.W. Bush had Kennebunkport, Maine, and Ronald Reagan had his getaway in California.

"Donald Trump spends his time tweeting, playing golf, and alienating our allies".

FOLKENFLIK: I think you saw a lot of concern about the leaks of President Trump's conversations with these world leaders - with the president of Mexico, the prime minister of Australia - even though it highlighted the contradictions between what he said privately and what he said publicly - in some ways, because of that fact, because world leaders do have to be able to say things in private to try to get things done, to advance agendas, to strike deals.

It is becoming increasingly impossible to keep up with the rough and tumble of the Trump White House.

Trump's time in the Garden State has increased after Mar-a-Lago went quiet for the summer months.

In addition to a break from Washington, the vacation may also have a practical reason.

In the photo below, President Trump escorts his grandchildren after departing from Air Force One.

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