Trump has spent much of his presidency fighting the allegations of sexual assault against him, but his swimmers have made headlines for their aggressive tactics.
The president and his sons, Donald Jr. and Eric, have been photographed swimming nude and sometimes in the nude, including with their bare arms around women.
The campaign also has defended its policy of allowing its male athletes to participate in their own personal swim meets, which the White House said were for the purpose of building character.
The White House has defended the swimsuits, calling them “not meant to be sexy.”
The president himself has acknowledged he has a problem with nudity, calling it “pretty tacky” in an interview with the New York Times.
The new president has taken to using the term “swimsuit queen,” and the campaign has gone out of its way to promote the idea of Trump as a man who wears a swimsuit to the pool.
At a fundraiser last month, Trump told the crowd: “I am the most sexually attracted man on earth to women who wear swimsuits.
I’m not going to tell you who you are, but I want you to know that I’m the most physically attractive person on Earth to women wearing swimsuits.”
The campaign said it had invited Trump to participate this summer in a private swim meet in his private residence, and it has since been added to a list of events.
“In the past, he has been extremely selective in which events he would participate in, and his decision-making process has not been open to debate,” the campaign said in a statement.
But in the wake of the allegations, Trump has begun to speak publicly about his discomfort with nudity.
On Tuesday, he told a New Hampshire town hall, “I’m not a big fan of nudity.
I am a big supporter of swimsuit-wearing, but there’s a time and place for nudity, and I’m a big proponent of bathing in the sun.”
He added, “But if you’re going to go out and swim in the ocean, I don’t think that’s a good idea.”
The swimsuit queen controversy comes after Trump has faced mounting criticism from Democrats, who have pointed out that the campaign’s policy of excluding male athletes has allowed for a “sexualized image of Trump and his image” to be created.
In February, Trump was sued for allegedly violating the Civil Rights Act when he barred African-Americans from the swimming pool at the Trump National Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Florida.
The lawsuit was settled out of court in April, with Trump agreeing to allow African-American swimmers to swim in a pool with other black players, and to pay $50,000 to two black women who said they were assaulted while playing.
Trump’s spokeswoman Hope Hicks said in April that the president had not had any issues with the policy, but that he has heard about it in other venues.