Trump Flees DC for Camp David as Calls for His Removal Grow Louder
Less than 48 hours after he incited a riot on the U.S. Capitol, Donald Trump is fleeing Washington, D.C. for the weekend and will hide out at Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland, as Democrats and some Republicans are raising calls for him to be impeached or removed from office via the 25th Amendment in the wake of Trump supporters storming the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.
A White House official confirmed that Trump chose Camp David over his preferred home of Mar-a-Lago in Florida. It’s widely known that Trump doesn’t particularly like Camp David, but has voiced concerns to his remaining close allies that he won’t be welcomed in Palm Beach after the surrounding neighbors voted to keep him from retiring to their community.
The Trump family has used Camp David as a party location even when Trump himself hasn’t been in attendance, which is a violation of the rules of the retreat. Their most recent trip there was to celebrate Trump’s final Thanksgiving in office.
The decision to leave the White House comes after a growing exodus of top staff from the administration and calls for impeachment and invoking of the 25th Amendment from both Democrats and some Republicans in Congress. Prior to departing for the weekend, Trump pretended there wasn’t a huge riot at the Capitol just the day before, awarding the Presidential Medal of Freedom to golfers Annika Sorenstam and Gary Player, as well as a posthumous Medal of Freedom to Olympic athlete Babe Didrikson Zaharias, although the ceremony was not televised.