Before becoming president, Trump repeatedly insisted he would not take vacations while in office and criticized Obama for doing so. But President Trump has spent three times as many leisure days as Obama did at this point in his presidency. Both the frequency and expense of President Trump's vacations have drawn attention from critics, and directly contradict the promises he made on the campaign trail.
“I would rarely leave the White House because there’s so much work to be done... I would not be a president who took vacations. I would not be a president that takes time off.”
But others have argued that vacation-shaming presidents is silly. Like everyone else, presidents deserve to take time off, and they never fully "unplug' when on vacation.
...a presidential vacation isn’t like your vacation. The president doesn’t actually unplug from the demands of the office. He still receives his daily intelligence briefings, he meets with advisors, and he occasionally plans missile strikes. But most importantly, everyone needs a vacation. By now, we’ve all heard about the value of taking time off, of unplugging, of doing nothing, of wasting time.
Many believe the frequency of President Trump's vacations signal his unwillingness to work hard and take the job of the presidency seriously. The fact that Trump was so critical of Obama's getaways adds another layer of hypocrisy.
His many detractors see it differently. If the golf bothers them—and, judging by the number of websites devoted to chronicling Trump’s excursions, it does—it is only because they see it as symbolic of a lackadaisical approach to the presidency.