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Reaction To Melania And Ivanka's Father's Day Tweets (Photo)

| by David Bonner

Melania and Ivanka Trump's tweets commemorating Father's Day on June 18 sparked some negative comments.

Melania Trump's tweet -- "#HappyFathersDay [President Donald Trump]" – was so simple that one commenter replied: "Nice note, [Melania]. Doesn't seem like that one is plagiarized," as quoted by the Daily Mail.

The comment is a sarcastic reference to the first lady's speech at the 2016 Republican National Conventions, which allegedly cribbed lines from former first lady Michelle Obama's 2008 speech at the Democratic National Convention.

Ivanka shared a photo of herself with her father and her husband, Jared Kushner, accompanied by the caption: "What an amazing year it has been for us all. Happy #FathersDay to these two incredible dads!"

That tweet generated references to the ongoing investigations into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election. "What do you get a father who's about to be imprisoned?" one person asked. Another wrote: "2 dads being investigated by the FBI. Great indeed."

On May 17, the Justice Department  appointed Robert S. Mueller III, a former FBI director, as special counsel to oversee the investigation into possible ties between Mr. Trump’s campaign and Russian officials.

The investigation was soon broadened to include Kushner, Mr. Trump's son-in-law and adviser, for a series of meetings he held in December with the Russian ambassador and a Russian banker, according to anonymous sources cited by The Washington Post.

President Trump, along with the first lady and their son, Barron, observed Father's Day by making their first trip to Camp David, the rustic Maryland resort which has served as the official retreat for U.S. presidents for 70 years.

"Camp David is a very special place," Mr. Trump tweeted. "An honor to have spent the weekend there. Military runs it so well and are so proud of what they do!"

Melania shared a photo of Camp David to Twitter and wrote, "Barron, [Mr. Trump] and I enjoying beautiful Camp David!" Her parents, Viktor and Amalija Knavs, were also present.

The first president to use the retreat was former President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1942, observes Ken Walsh, the chief White House correspondent for U.S. News & World Report who wrote a book about presidential retreats.  Roosevelt dubbed the site Shangri-La, but President Dwight Eisenhower later renamed it after his grandson, David.

He said many presidents have enjoyed the freedom and security offered by Camp David, where they can spend time outdoor with their families, out of the public eye, notes Walsh.

The White House website adds further details, emphasizing its leisurely perks:

Camp David is a rustic getaway in a wooded setting with lots of outdoor and indoor activities available. One of the most fun aspects of Camp David is that guests are given golf carts as their main mode of transportation around the retreat.

There are tennis courts, horseshoe pits, a swimming pool, skeet range, nearby fishing and horseback riding. There is a golf driving range near the helicopter landing zone and a single golf hole with multiple tee boxes outside Aspen Lodge.

You can go bowling, watch movies, work out at the fitness center, play basketball, and shoot some pool. Meandering hilly trails are ideal for long walks and bike rides. In the winter, you can go cross-country skiing, sledding, ice skating and snowmobiling. There is also the Evergreen Chapel, a non-denominational place of worship.

It has also been used for some of the most important foreign policy meetings in U.S. history. Roosevelt met with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill there in 1943, reviewing military plans for World War II, and former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton famously used Camp David for important diplomatic meetings involving efforts at Middle East peace.

Despite the president's positive tweet about Camp David, he and his family stayed only the night of June 17, returning to the White House on Father's Day.

"I don't think it is his style," said Walsh. "I'd be surprised if he went up there very much."

Sources: Daily Mail, The Washington Post, The White House / Photo credit: Pixabay, The White House

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