President Trump said Friday that he would meet the Joint Chiefs of Staff at Camp David this weekend.
“I am going to Camp David, a meeting, big meeting with the Joint Chiefs of Staff,” Trump said during an interview on “Fox & Friends in response to a question about how he planned to spend Mother’s Day. “Camp David is this very special place that nobody ever gets to see but it’s a great work environment.” Trump didn’t elaborate on the subject matter of his meetings with military officials, but said they would be discussing “different things.” The visit would mark Trump’s second weekend in a row spent at the country retreat in Maryland.
“We’re going to have meetings on different things. Our military has never looked better,” Trump said. “We’ve never had the kind of equipment that we have now.”Trump has been eager to get out of the White House, where he has been confined since late March amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The president spent last weekend at Camp David and also visited a Honeywell mask factory in Phoenix, Ariz., on Tuesday, his first major trip outside the White House since a March trip to Norfolk, Va., to send off the USNS Comfort
Vice President Mike Pence has also resumed regular travel and will visit Des Moines, Iowa, on Friday to host a discussion with faith leaders about opening houses of worship amid the pandemic and meet with agricultural and food supply leaders.
The White House has taken precautions to protect Trump and Pence during their trips, including testing everyone who plans to meet with the president, underscoring the continued threat of the virus.