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Donald Trump Brands The White House ‘A Real Dump’

So that's why he goes on holiday so often.

02/08/2017 12:10 BST | Updated 02/08/2017 16:33 BST

President Donald Trump has told members of his New Jersey golf club that he spends so much time away from Washington because the White House is a “real dump.”

Staff at the White House – a 55,000-square-foot mansion that has accommodated America’s first families for centuries - did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the remark, which appeared in a lengthy article posted on the website golf.com.

The story recounts a scene in which Trump, whose eponymous Tower boasts four gold lifts, was chatting with some club members. Trump told them he makes such frequent appearances at the property in Bedminster, New Jersey, because: “That White House is a real dump.”

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Donald Trump with First Lady Melania during the Congressional Picnic on the south lawn of the White House in June
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Trump entertaining Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a White House dinner 
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Former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle on the steps of the White House awaiting the arrival of the Italian Prime Minister in 2016 

It seems Trump, who once presided over the gaudy but now shuttered Taj Mahal casino resort in Atlantic City, may have had a lapse of memory since a May interview with Time magazine in which he praised the White House for its “beautiful kitchen”, “amazing” phone system and “incredible” historical furniture.

He added: “You have to be a certain type of person. People have no idea the beauty of the White House. The real beauty of the White House.”

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Trump Tower features four gold lifts 
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The Trump Taj Mahal, pictured in 1990 

During his presidency, Trump has holidayed on 11 weekends out of the 28, costing the taxpayer around $29million, according to a site which tracks his movements.

He has taken four trips to the Bedminster club since his inauguration.

His “opulent penthouse” in Trump Tower, which has featured in numerous interior design magazines, is decorated in 24k gold and marble and was designed in the Louis XIV style. It features ceiling frescoes, naked cherubs and chandeliers. 

Former White House resident Chelsea Clinton responded to Trump’s criticism of her home for eight years by tweeting her thanks to “all the White House ushers, butlers, maids, chefs, florists, gardeners, plumbers, engineers and curators for all you do every day.”