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Trump defends his working vacation

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BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) -- The Latest on President Donald Trump taking a 17-day vacation at his golf club in New Jersey (all times local):

7:25 p.m.

President Donald Trump says he is hard at work while he takes a break from Washington.

On Twitter Saturday, Trump said: "Working in Bedminster, N.J., as long planned construction is being done at the White House. This is not a vacation - meetings and calls!"

Trump arrived at his private golf club in New Jersey on Friday for a 17-day stay. He held no public events Saturday and little information was available about how he spent the day. Aides did not answer questions about whether he played golf.

Presidents have a long tradition of leaving Washington during the summer. But there is also a practical explanation. Everyone working in the White House West Wing had to relocate so the government could replace a 27-year-old heating and cooling system.

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7:05 p.m.

Some guests at a New Jersey couple's wedding got a surprise when President Donald Trump stopped to chat with them.
 
The brief conversation took place Saturday at Trump's private golf club in Bedminster. In video posted on WPVI-TV in Philadelphia, the Republican president got out of his golf cart and asked the group if they were having a good time, then paused to take a selfie with one of them before he went inside the club.

Trump departed Washington on Friday afternoon for a 17-day trip to the club in central Jersey for a working vacation.

Trump has been known to stop in on weddings held at the golf club in the past, including one staged there in June.

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