Throughout President Obama’s eight years in office, Republicans complained every time the first family went on vacation. Those Republicans are now silent as Donald Trump is on the path to surpassing what Obama spent in eight years in his first few months in office.
Donald Trump has traveled every weekend since his inauguration to his private club located in Florida. Those Florida trips have already cost over $20 million and Donald Trump has only been in office 90 days, reports CNN.
Since moving into the White House, Donald Trump has called for a “belt tightening” of the federal government. He has discussed cutting vital programs like Meals on Wheels and Domestic Violence Programs. He has made plans to defund Planned Parenthood and after school programs, yet he finds it appropriate to spend $20 million in 90 days so that he can swing a golf club and socialize with the elite.
To compare Donald Trump’s spending to that of former president Barack Obama a 2016 Government Accountability Office report shows that during his time in the White House Barack Obama spent four days in Florida and the total cost of the Secret Service and Coast Guard was $3.6 million.
Since taking office Donald Trump has spent 21 days out of 90 days at Mar-A-Largo, a private Palm Beach Club that he owns. Those trips have cost an estimated $21.6 million.
During his eight years in office, Barrack Obama spent less than $97 million on travel. The Obama’s trips included vacations to Aspen and the family’s annual vacation to Martha’s Vineyard. It also included work trips, such as a trip on Earth Day in 2015 to the Everglades National Park, reports the Independent.
Donald Trump’s weekend trips to Florida ensure that he will far surpass Obama’s spending over eight years in a matter of months.
While Donald Trump is asking the federal government for cuts to areas such as Housing and Development and the environmental protection agency. As he asks others to make sacrifices Trump sees no issue in spending tax payers hard earned money to live in luxury and play 18 holes in Florida every weekend.
Reportedly Donald Trump’s weekly trips to Florida will come to a halt after May because the temperatures will get too stifling to enjoy 18 rounds of golf. The hot temperatures will most likely not end his spending and trips. After May, it is expected that instead of Florida, Donald Trump will make frequent trips to is New York penthouse. Melania Trump and 10-year-old Baron are still staying at the penthouse and Trump is expected to make weekend trips to his private Trump National Golf Club, which is in Bedminster Township in New Jersey.
Donald Trump is reportedly extremely fond of the New Jersey golf club. Trump used the club after becoming the president-elect to put his government together. He loves the club so much that he has repeatedly expressed his desire to be buried at the country club, reports Thinkprogressive.org.
Not only is Donald Trump’s spending on these trips an issue, but public relations issue as we also becoming another huge issue. Trump was an extremely outspoken about Obama’s travel and travel expenses.
At one time Donald Trump even tweeted “President @BarackObama’s vacation is costing taxpayers millions of dollars——Unbelievable!”
Despite his stance during Obama’s presidency, Trump costs taxpayers millions in unnecessary trips to Florida. Trump and his family have proven to be the most expensive first family to protect. It costs an estimated $146,000 per day to protect Melania and Baron in New York when Donald Trump is not there.
Dozens of Secret Service Agents have been pulled from regular duties and assigned to keep an eye on Melania and Baron Trump. John Kelly, the secretary of Homeland Security recently stated that the Department of Homeland Security Secretary will be asking for more funding to protect Donald Trump and his family.
By Tammy Marie Rose