Financial conservatives are beginning to fuss about Trump’s mounting government travel costs:
American taxpayers take care of everything to ensure the president’s family, since it’s critical that the president and any friends and family who could be kidnapped for leverage be kept safe, regardless of the cost. President Trump is showing some unique logistical challenges, The Washington Post notes, and is racking up an extraordinary tab, however a number of the expenses are covered up or classified for security reasons.
Judicial Watch, a conservative group most renowned for hounding the Clintons, was critical of the expenses of previous President Obama’s family relaxes on Martha’s Vineyard and in Hawaii — as was Trump — assessing the Obamas cost taxpayers $97 million in travel costs more than eight years. That is a great deal, “but based on the first four weeks, Trump’s presidency appears on track to cost hundreds of millions of dollars more,” The Washington Post notes. Trump is going to Mar-a-Lago for his third consecutive weekend at his Florida club, and those trips alone have most likely cost the government treasury about $10 million, The Post estimates, in light of the cost of past presidential trips.
At that point there are the expenses of ensuring first woman Melania Trump, who has chosen to live in New York City with child Barron, and Trump’s four grown kids — New York City is spending an estimated $500,000 a day guarding Trump Tower, not including Secret Service costs, and Trump’s children have been traveling to Brazil, the Dominican Republican, and, this weekend, Dubai on company business, costing taxpayers many thousands more. Assuming the Trump family way of life and travel costs have already hit $15 million, Trump’s expenses in four weeks are as of now around one-6th of what taxpayers spent on Obama in eight years.
Obama’s spending vs Trump’s
“This is an expensive way to conduct business, and the president should recognize that,” Tom Fitton, Judicial Watch president, tells The Washington Post. “The unique thing about President Trump is that he knows what it costs to run a plane” — in the case of Air Force One, about $200,000 an hour. Trump might consider Camp David, or his Northern Virginia golf course, not Mar-a-Lago, if he needs to escape Washington, Fitton added. “Going down there ain’t free.”
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