Trump to flee DC for Camp David this weekend after his supporters trashed the US Capitol in a riot
- President Donald Trump is heading to Camp David this weekend while Washington, DC cleans up after the US Capitol riots.
- A White House official confirmed the weekend getaway to Insider on Thursday.
- The Federal Aviation Administration implemented temporary flight restrictions over the Maryland retreat as a standard safety precaution.
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President Donald Trump is making the last weekend getaway of his presidency with a trip to Camp David tomorrow, a White House official confirmed to Insider.
The Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday implemented temporary flight restrictions over the Maryland presidential retreat, with the order indicating: "Temporary flight restrictions for VIP Movement." Similar flight restrictions are implemented when the president leaves Washington, DC as a security measure against a potential aerial attack.
Flight restrictions are scheduled to take effect on Friday at 3:30 p.m., hinting that the president may depart the White House in the late afternoon. The restrictions are scheduled to end at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday.
Aircraft cannot fly under 18,000 feet while within a 10-nautical mile radius of Camp David as doing so would initiate a military response. Pilots violating a temporary flight restriction could be fined and/or lose their pilot licenses.
Flight restrictions have also been placed on the airspace surrounding President-elect Joe Biden's home in Delaware in the wake of the 2020 US presidential election. But the restrictions are less stringent as aircraft are only forbidden to fly under 3,000 feet AGL when within a three-nautical mile radius of the Wilmington home.
The trip comes after the US Capitol was invaded and vandalized by pro-Trump rioters seeking to disrupt and overturn the results of the election and prevent a Biden presidency. Both chambers of Congress were breached as US Capitol Police failed to hold back the interlopers.
Camp David has been largely shunned by Trump in favor of Mar-a-Lago, his private club in Palm Beach, Florida, during his presidency. The compound has been used in the past for summits with world leaders, including the Camp David Accords between Egypt and Israel in 1978.
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