President Donald Trump could potentially spend the bulk of August vacationing at his own golf club in New Jersey. While Trump has not announced his plans for the upcoming month, a federal flight restriction placed around the golf resort has fueled speculation that the commander-in-chief could reside there for weeks.
On July 19, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) regarding the airspace over Bedminster-Morristown, New Jersey.
"There will be VIP Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR) in the Bedminster Township, New Jersey region," the FAA alert stated. "There may be multiple NOTAMs. ... You shouldn't loiter within the TFR for any reason."
The TFR was scheduled to be in effect from Aug. 3 through Aug. 20. Historically, the FAA has issued TFRs in areas where a president will reside.
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The alert signaled that Trump could potentially be at his golf resort in Bedminster for 17 days in August. The president had already spent four weekends at the residence since assuming office, according to NJ.com.
White House legislative director Marc Short did not confirm whether the president planned to vacation in Bedminster during those dates.
On July 19, Trump urged Senate Republicans to delay their August recess if they were unable to whip up enough votes to repeal or replace the Obama administration's Affordable Care Act (ACA).
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"We can repeal, but we should repeal and replace, and we shouldn't leave town until this is complete -- until this bill is on my desk and until we all go over to the Oval Office," Trump said, according to Bloomberg.
It remains unclear if Trump would shorten his August vacation if GOP lawmakers were unable to make any headway on health care before the recess. White House legislative director Marc Short asserted that the president would be unlikely to leave the White House before Congress went into recess.
"I think the president will be traveling, but I would imagine that members would be traveling too. ... he will be here working on it as long as they are, and he wants to get it done," Short told The Hill.
Historically, presidents have taken a vacation during the month of August. Former President Barack Obama would take his family to Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts, while former President George W. Bush would return to his family ranch in Crawford, Texas.
In June 2015, Trump asserted during the infancy of his presidential campaign that he would not take vacations while occupying the White House.
"I would rarely leave the White House because there's so much work to be done," Trump said. "I would not be a president who took vacations. I would not be a president that takes time off."
Sources: Bloomberg, Federal Aviation Administration (2), The Hill (2), NJ.com / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr, Master Sgt. Kellen Kroening, 128th Air Refueling Wing via Wikimedia Commons, Michael Vadon/Flickr