DJT is spending his third straight weekend at Mar-a-Lago – at taxpayer expense, of course. Here’s an eye-opening look from the WaPo at what he (and Melania in New York and the kids globe-trotting to puff the Trump brand) are adding up to already, and what it may come to over the course of a full term (Hint: hundreds of millions more than Obama’s 8-year total of $97 million).
Surely he’s not having a good laugh at our expense. No, not him.
Excesses in his travel account are the least of our problems, but he’s sticking it to us there, too.
Trump’s three Mar-a-Lago trips since the inauguration have probably cost the federal treasury about $10 million, based on figures used in an October government report analyzing White House travel, including money for Coast Guard units to patrol the exposed shoreline and other military, security and staffing expenses associated with moving the apparatus of the presidency.
Trump’s frequent travel belies his repeated criticism of Obama as a “habitual vacationer” enjoying taxpayer-funded golf getaways. It also comes after his own promises: He told the Hill newspaper in 2015, “I would rarely leave the White House because there’s so much work to be done.”
Presidential families have for decades been guaranteed round-the-clock protection, no matter the expense or destination. Every presidency has brought new operational challenges and lifestyle habits, from George W. Bush’s frequent stays at his remote ranch in Texas to Obama’s annual trips to Martha’s Vineyard and his native state of Hawaii. Judicial Watch estimated that Obama-related travel expenses totaled nearly $97 million over eight years.
But based on the first four weeks, Trump’s presidency appears on track to cost hundreds of millions of dollars more. …
…lots more details in the full article.