Donald Trump will leave the White House for the first time in more than a month as he departs for Camp David Friday evening after the president has expressed several times his desire to get out of Washington, D.C.
The president will spend the weekend at Camp David before heading to Arizona next week, as he revealed he’s feeling anxious to leave the White House after spending weeks there in the midst of the coronavirus crisis.
The president has been at the White House since March 9, after being forced to cancel his massive reelection rallies and halt all other travel-related campaign events as coronavirus spread through the country and social distancing and stay-at-home orders were implemented.
And just like many other Americans, Trump has become stir-crazy after nearly two months of remaining in his residence.
‘I’d like to get out,’ Trump said at an event with business leaders at the White House Wednesday. ‘This is the most beautiful house in the world, in my opinion, but I think there’s just a great demand to get out.’
Donald Trump will leave the White House for his first trip in more than a month after sequestering and cancelling massive rallies and other travel-related campaign and presidential events in the midst of the coronavirus crisis
Trump will depart for Camp David for the weekend Friday evening before heading to Arizona next week and then to Ohio. Here the president is pictured with Vice President Mike Pence at Camp David in 2017
The president returned to the White House March 9 from the campaign trail where he was holding rallies every few days – and since then has had minimal reprieves from the residence since then
‘I’m going to Arizona next week,’ Trump revealed his plans to the room. ‘And I’m going to, I hope, Ohio very soon.’
‘And we’re going to start to move around, and hopefully in the not too distant future we’ll have some massive rallies and people will be sitting next to each other,’ he continued.
A poll out last week showed presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden up nine points in Arizona. The poll was a troubling sign for Trump as Arizona hasn’t voted blue in a presidential election since 1996.
Ohio, a rust belt state with 18 electoral college votes, is also an important state for Trump’s reelection in November.
Trump insisted that his trip to Arizona would be ‘industry’ related, indicating it would have something to do with combating the coronavirus.
Many states are considering when to lift lockdown and stay-at-home orders, while several others – mainly in Middle America – have already started the process.
Trump held a campaign rally in Charlotte, North Carolina in March, and since then has had very few instances of leaving White House grounds.
One of his only day trips since sequestering in the White House was to attend the launching of the hospital ship USNS Comfort from Norfolk en route to New York to help relieve hospitals overwhelmed with coronavirus patients.
He also visited CDC headquarters March 6, spent the weekend in Mar-a-Lago and visited FEMA headquarters March 19.
Source: dailymail US