After taking oath in January, President Donald Trump has preferred spending most of his weekends at his properties — be it Mar-a-Lago in Florida or his various golf clubs across the country — over the White House.

Despite several eyebrows being raised over his getaways, Trump has always defended his decision to spend time at his estates or golf clubs, saying he was saving taxpayers' money by doing so.

In fact, the president likes spending time at his properties so much that he has spent more than 40 days of his 6-month-old presidency at his golf clubs, one of which (Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey) is even referred by White House officials and Bedminster residents as the "summer White House." 

Now it seems Trump has finally decided to reveal the reason why he visits the golf courses so often.

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According to a report in Golf.com, Trump told some of the club members recently before a round of golf that the 'White House is a real dump'.  

The White House In this photo, The White House, Washington, D.C. Photo: getty Images / Caroline Purser

It would be interesting to know that the president spent 21 of his first 26 weekends away from the White House at his various properties, including the Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, where the decor is similar to his own Manhattan penthouse in Trump Tower than the official residence of the president of the United States, CNN reported. 

Mark Knoller, the White House correspondent for CBS News, tweeted the president’s visit to his Sterling, Virginia golf club Sunday was his 36th to a Trump-owned golf club and 15th to the one in Virginia. 

Although a White House spokesperson denied Trump called the White House "a dump," the president’s reported words elicited plenty of reactions on social media platforrms. 

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Chelsea Clinton defended the White House — a place she called home for eight years — tweeting her thanks to the White House staff and commending them on their upkeep of a national treasure. 

Paul Begala, who served as former President Bill Clinton’s counselor, said he was considering collecting money to send Trump back to Trump Tower. 

Pete Souza, former President Barack Obama’s White House photographer, posted a photo of the building on Instagram, saying Trump's remark was shameful and belittled "the honorable men and women who make the White House the exemplary historical place it is."

Former Independent presidential candidate Evan Mcmullin also took a dig at the president, saying Trump was disappointed he was not living in a palace.

 

Gabe Ortíz, staff writer for Daily Kos, twitted that there would have been an uproar from the conservatives if Barack and Michelle Obama had made such a comment.

Christian Christensen, a professor of journalism at Stockholm University and a contributor to the Guardian, tweeted how reactions from white "patriots" would have been different if  Obama had made such a comment. “If Obama - a black man - had called the White House a "dump", white "patriots" in the US would have gone bat-s---crazy.” 

Some were so upset with Trump’s reported remarks that they blamed him for making the White House "a dump" by residing in it. Katie O’Brien, a medical student, tweeted, “If the White House is a dump it's because he made it that way.”