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Does Trump really think the White House is a dump? 'TOTALLY UNTRUE,' he says on Twitter.

August 2, 2017 at 10:08 PM

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President Trump doesn’t seem to like life in the White House, reportedly calling the presidential residence a "real dump" and spending much of his time at Trump-branded properties. So here's a look at the 200-year old mansion's flaws and selling points. (Jenny Starrs/The Washington Post)

President Trump took to Twitter Wednesday night to dispute a much-repeated report that he prefers staying at his own properties around the country because the White House is “a real dump.”

“I love the White House, one of the most beautiful buildings (homes) I have ever seen,” Trump tweeted, blaming the misunderstanding on “Fake News.”

“TOTALLY UNTRUE,” the president said.

A story that debuted Tuesday on (that is also appearing in Sports Illustrated) about the president’s love of the sport reported that he told some of his golf buddies of his preference.

Explaining his frequent visit to his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., Trump reportedly told several club members: “That White House is a real dump.” The publication noted that a Trump spokesman denied Trump had made the statement.

Whatever the case, Trump is scheduled to go to Bedminster on Friday for a two-week summer stay.

Related: [Trump offers his review of Camp David: ‘Incredible,’ ‘beautiful’ and ‘really nice’]

This is not the first time Trump’s comments about government-owned accommodations have raised eyebrows.

Just before taking office in January, Trump told a journalist that Camp David, the rustic presidential retreat in Maryland’s Catoctin Mountains, would be likable “for about 30 minutes.”

After returning to the White House after his first and only trip there in June, Trump responded to a shouted question from a reporter who wanted to know what he thought.

As he walked from Marine One to the White House, Trump offered these words: “incredible,” “beautiful” and “really nice.”

John Wagner is a national reporter who leads The Post's new breaking political news team. He previously covered the Trump White House. During the 2016 presidential election, he focused on the Democratic campaigns of Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley. He also chronicled Maryland government for more than a decade.

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