A photo of the Trump kids and their significant others gathered around a campfire at Camp David emerged online on Friday, and people are very upset over it.
Camp David is a country residence that has traditionally been used by sitting U.S. Presidents as a place of rest and relaxation. It is officially known as the Naval Support Facility Thurmont. Because it is technically a military installation, the staffing is primarily provided by the Seabees, Civil Engineer Corps (CEC), the United States Navy and the United States Marine Corps. Originally known as Hi-Catoctin, Camp David was built as a camp for federal government agents and their families by the Works Progress Administration. In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt converted it to a presidential retreat and renamed it “Shangri-La”, for the fictional Himalayan paradise in the 1933 novel Lost Horizon by British author James Hilton. President Dwight D. Eisenhower renamed it Camp David in honor of his father, and grandson, both named David and had the practice golf facility built there.
In previous years, Camp David has been used as a retreat for the President and his staff, along with their families, but it is not meant to be used as a private party location when the President is not amongst the group. But the Trumps have never once acted with decorum or dignity, and this was the case once again on Thanksgiving, when they decided to use Camp David for their celebration without their patriarch.
It is not clear what the rules and regulations are regarding the use of Camp David by anyone other than a president or vice president, but there do not appear to be any obvious guidelines regarding use by family members of the President. The photo has a lot of citizens upset, however, as many are expressing that the taxpayer-funded presidential camp should only be used by the President’s family if the Commander-in-Chief is present. Twitter immediately took the Trumps to task, not that any of them care about how much Earth they scorch on their way out.
Criminal abuse of taxpayer property/ money. This pseudo royal family AKA super spreaders put Secret Service in jeopardy & Camp David staff. Camp David staff had to miss Thanksgiving with their families to wait on these criminals. Thousands of Americans in food lines. Good job GOP pic.twitter.com/wHZl4DZ85U
— Kat Dancing (@KatDancing5) November 27, 2020
Attention law enforcement: the entire Trump crime family is now reportedly holed up at Camp David. If you have your warrants and indictments lined up, now would be an easy opportunity to arrest them all without having to make multiple trips.
— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) November 27, 2020
I can just hear the staff at Camp David after Trump and his family leave their all expenses paid vacay on the taxpayer dime: "Yo, Earl! You get after that fire pit with the high pressure sprayer and the alcohol? Those Covid-riddled asshats were up in there all weekend…" pic.twitter.com/xFilaKrZLY
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) November 27, 2020