President Joe Biden will spend the weekend at Camp David, according to the White House press office, his first visit to the presidential retreat in the Catoctin Mountains near Thurmont.

Biden was scheduled to leave the White House around 5:30 p.m. Friday for the trip to Camp David, where he is expected to stay until Monday.

Camp David has been used as an out-of-Washington residence by presidents since Franklin Roosevelt.

Due to increased security measures, portions of Catoctin Mountain Park is closed through approximately 8 p.m. on Monday, according to the National Parks Service.

Park Central Road will be closed between the visitor center and the Camp Greentop entrance, and trails to Hog Rock Overlook and Blue Ridge Summit Vista will also be closed. All other trails will remain open.

Parking lots at the Catoctin Mountain Park visitor center will be open but may fill up early in the day, per NPS officials. Additional parking is available on the west side of the park at Camp Round Meadow.

Interested parties can call 301-663-9388 or visit the park website at nps.gov/cato for more information on the availability of park facilities.

Earlier Friday, Biden met with a bipartisan group of governors, including Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R), in the Oval Office to discuss his administration's plans for COVID-19 pandemic relief.

In a statement after the meeting, Hogan said, “We must show that Republicans and Democrats in Washington can work together to get important things done. We cannot afford another partisan process with one party dictating to another.”

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Ryan Marshall is the transportation and growth and development reporter for the News-Post. He can be reached at rmarshall@newspost.com.

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C.D.Reid

His handlers sure picked a good weekend to send him there. With icy weather in the forecast, I'm sure they packed lots of puzzles for him to work on.

bosco

I wonder if they packed his flip flops? His handlers are probably figuring out how to get around Quid Pro Joe's big pledge that anyone found harassing co-workers etc will be fired, period. One of the White House deputy press secretary threatened a reporter who was going to expose the deputy's affair with another reporter.

C.D.Reid

[thumbup][thumbup][thumbup] On a side note, remember when fido recently "challenged" me to come up with proof that the blm'ers were violent in their protests? Because he's afraid to do research on matters that he knows will prove him wrong? Well, here's the latest:

https://www.foxnews.com/us/violent-blm-protest-two-nypd-injured

bosco

Maybe Fido will circle back to that one.....NOT. He and his little band of merry keyboard warriors are not liking their turn in the barrel and are imploding like the Lincoln Project and Governor Cuomo.

C.D.Reid

[thumbup] bosco. And yeah, Cuomo really blew it this time. People are calling for both his resignation and arrest, though I doubt that we'll hear much from the liberal Left media about it. I'm grateful there are a few responsible news networks who aren't afraid to report on it. It's gonna be interesting.

pdl603

Maybe Weak Kneed Wheezy and Jill can make snow devils in the yard.

threecents

I'm pretty sure that unlike his predecessor, Biden could beat anyone of this group in a pushup contest or a person, woman, man, camera, TV test, so why continue the fictions about him. Which fiction are you guys going with? Is he the greedy Big Man mastermind or is he the demented tool of the progressives? You all are still uncomfortable with reality.

C.D.Reid

You're right three, I am uncomfortable with today's reality. Up to and including Beijing Biden putting thousands and thousands of Americans out of work his first day in office, going back to the "catch and release" policy that will allow thousands and thousands of illegal immigrants with possibly thousands and thousands of COVID cases into our society soon, the cessation of the construction of the border wall necessary to control those immigrants, the price of gas shooting up because of his policies etc., etc., etc. Oh, and let's not forget the $4B he wants to give Central American countries for "development." Just how much of that money do you think will actually go to the intended purposes? After what will undoubtedly be skimmed off and put in the pockets of crooked officials and drug lords down there? So yeah three, I am uncomfortable with today's reality.

bosco

CD...[thumbup]

bosco

CD, you should try to get Chief What About to ignore you too. I'm loving it.

threecents

Naw Chief. While I am glad you two realize who have issues with reality, the point is that you often don't even recognize reality. Bosco's claim of whataboutism is a good example. Whenever folks like you are confronted with Trump's insurrection incitement you go into full whatabout mode. Your sophistication level is often at the middle school level because you cannot see straight.

Hayduke2

I know CD... He could have just as easily charged the taxpayers some 4-5 million dollars to go to one of his own properties and made some pocket money while doing it. Oh wait, that's what your hero would have done! [lol][lol][lol]

C.D.Reid

Well Hay, since you're the King Of Whataboutisms, here's a few for your reading pleasure:

https://www.judicialwatch.org/tom-fittons-weekly-update/much-obama-hawaii-trip-cost/

https://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/white-house/article123335079.html

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/dec/22/obamas-hawaii-christmas-vacations-cost-taxpayers-3/

https://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/09/17/the-total-amount-of-taxpayer-dollars-barack-obama-spent-on-vacations-travel-has-just-been-revealed

I particularly like the summary in the last link, do you? Now, just how are you gonna justify your crack about Trump with these numbers, huh? Oh, that's right, I forgot, deflection is the friend of they who have no argument. So, my friend, let's read your deflections, we're waiting..... [lol][lol][lol]

Hayduke2

Okay CD - here's the ultimate whataboutism. Obama cost the taxpayers 105 million for travel,vacations over EIGHT years. Trump's golf trips alone cost the taxpayers over 340 million in FOUR years. Aource: https://www.forbes.com/sites/chuckjones/2019/07/10/trumps-golf-trips-could-cost-taxpayers-over-340-million/?sh=1856737328aa And then maybe add the 18 million+ eqch year for his rallies, trips to his Florida hide away etc. So, my friend, here are my deflections. I'm waiting for you to respond, waiting, waiting... [lol][lol][lol]

C.D.Reid

So, you're now putting a limit on what is ok for a president to cost the taxpayers, Hay? And how do you come up with what is, and is not, acceptable? By the party that the president belongs to? Is that it? My point is that Obama cost the taxpayers millions and millions and millions of dollars too, yet you find it necessary to bring up Trump and his trip expenses again. I heard they're working on a TDS vaccine, my suggestion for you would be to get in line for it when it hits the market. And maybe find some counseling until then. [lol][lol][lol]

Hayduke2

Go ahead and try to spin and justify CD. Trump conned you and you just can's admit it. Seems he also directed about 300 million of his " stop the steal " fund raising into his own pocket - how much did you contribute?

As far as your question, no, I don't think you should complain about a reasonable amount of vacation time for a president - yes, the costs of protection, etc are more than they should be but that is the reality. Trump, on the other hand, used it as his personal valet with associated perks way too much. And yes, over 150 days golfing at his own properties ( cha ching ) and over 144 million spent on golfing alone is too much.

threecents

Who's defending Obama? We are just saying Trump was much worse than any president in our lifetime.

threecents

CD doing the whatabout Obama...

bobcat21532

"...portions IS closed"??? How about we go with basic 'subject / verb agreement' and write "...portions ARE closed"? The plural subject, portions, requires the plural verb are, not is. Thank you!

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