A Casual First Family Heads to ‘Rustic’ Camp David for the First Time

Gordon Hurd
Melania, Donald, and Barron Trump leave the White House to travel to Camp David in Maryland. (Photo: AP)

Heading to the presidential compound Camp David for the first time in Donald Trump’s few months in office, the president and first lady stepped out in fairly casual style. He went without one of his signature lengthy ties, she was stylishly casual as well in a belted shirtdress — a $1,795 Gabriela Hearst design — while their son, Barron, sported Arsenal Football Club soccer shorts. The first family was accompanied by Melania’s parents, Viktor and Amalija Knavs.

The eschewing of typical Trump things went beyond neckties. Donald Trump and family, of course, are more known for taking weekends off for golfing in Florida. This visit to Camp David comes amid much previous speculation that Trump would not spend time at the government-owned retreat at all. He was quoted as calling the facility “rustic” and downplaying its appeal to foreign reporters earlier this year.

One thing that will also be missing from this weekend escape is the hefty bill for taxpayers. While the Trumps’ visits to Florida cost millions of dollars in security, Camp David — located just over 60 miles outside Washington, D.C. — is a Navy installation, guarded full time by an elite unit of Marines.

Since Trump has been in office he has, by some counts, been golfing 28 times, at the cost of about $40 million. Camp David may not be a prime spot for the president’s favorite sport, however. The facility can boast only a single golf hole and a driving range.

As for the first lady’s ensemble, fashion gawkers are calling it a winner: her Gabriela Hearst shirtdress matched with a Michael Kors belt and Louboutin flats.



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