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Trump On Vacation Three Times More Than Obama

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President Donald Trump will have spent three times as many days on vacation than his predecessor, former President Barack Obama, by the end of August.

That's according to figures compiled by The Washington Post, which reported that Trump will have had 53 days of leisure time since becoming president by the end of the month.

Obama, at the end of August 2009, had enjoyed 15 leisure days since entering the White House.

Trump will take a 17-day vacation over the coming weeks, leaving Washington Aug. 4 to spend time at his golf club in New Jersey. Trump has played 33 rounds of golf since coming to office, compared to Obama's 17 at the same stage during his first term.

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The post noted that Trump frequently criticized Obama for not working hard enough. In August 2011, Trump tweeted that Obama "played golf yesterday. Now he heads to a 10 day vacation in Martha's Vineyard. Nice work ethic."

During the 2016 election campaign, Trump declared that he would have little free time as president.

"I'm not going to have time to go play golf," he said, according to The Post.

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He reiterated the point in a "60 Minutes" interview.

"There's just so much to be done," he said, "so I don't think we'll be very big on vacations."

Prior to entering politics, Trump took a similar view on his business career.

"[M]ost of the people I know that are successful really don't take vacations," he said in a 2004 interview with Larry king, according to ABC News. "Their business is their vacation. I rarely leave. You know that. You and I are friends. How often do you see me going away?"

White House officials avoided confirming Trump's vacation plans to reporters until the Aug. 3 report.

"We'll continue to keep you guys updated on his August schedule as those details are finalized," White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Aug. 1, The Post reported.

Psychologist Susan Whitbourne took a more positive view of the idea of presidents taking a vacation in a 2010 article she wrote subtitled "Why presidents (and all of us) need vacations." She argued that not taking a break increased stress levels and weakened the body's ability to resist illness.

"Perhaps it's good that someone as important as our president is showing that he believes it's beneficial to take a break from the office, get out and enjoy the outdoors in a little bit of a break in mindset and, we would hope, be able to go back to work refreshed and renewed and do a better job," said Whitbourne, ABC reported. "I think that's the theory of vacations."

Sources: The Washington Post, ABC News / Featured Image: The White House/Flickr / Embedded Images: Obama White house/Flickr, The White House/Flickr

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