Why walk when you can ride?
To traverse the 250 yards from the White House to Blair House to offer his condolences to George W. Bush, President Trump and the first lady traveled in a motorcade of eight vehicles, according to a report.
Trump and his wife, Melania, spent 23 minutes Tuesday evening with Bush and his wife, Laura, who were staying at the presidential guest quarters across Pennsylvania Avenue for the funeral of George H.W. Bush, the Washington Post reported Wednesday.
The meeting appeared to be friendly, with the former president greeting Melania with a kiss on the cheek.
But the use of the presidential convoy to cross the street raised questions why the president and his wife didn’t simply hoof it.
“Presidents, including the last one, have made the walk before,” Edward Price, who served as National Security Council spokesman in the Obama administration, told the newspaper.
He said Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping walked from the White House to Blair House during Xi’s state visit in September 2015.
And a year earlier, Obama and White House chief of staff Denis McDonough slipped out to grab a coffee at a nearby Starbucks.
“Bone spurs?” asked Sam Vinograd, who worked in the Obama administration in the National Security Council, referring to Trump’s reason for getting a draft deferment during the Vietnam War.
Presidential motorcades typically include Secret Service agents, medical personnel, White House aides and members of the media.
The White House declined to comment about why Trump used the convoy.
But the newspaper noted that former first lady Michelle Obama wrote in her new memoir, “Becoming,” that the Secret Service often requested that she and her husband use the motorcade to travel to Blair House for security reasons.
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