Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump’s National Gold Club, in Florida is not the White House, yet Trump is there every weekend. He is using it to host foreign dignitaries, make national defense calls, and run business that should be done either at the White House or at least on Air Force One. At while it is his golf course, he is making money off of his trips to Florida, but costing the U.S. taxpayer a lot of money.
While Barack Obama was president, Trump got onto him for playing golf while America was broken. But, without fixing what he thinks is broken, President Trump has hit the links at Mar-a-Lago more than 13 times. In his first 100 days. He has hosted both the Japanese prime minister there, and the President of China. He has made calls to attack Syria and debated what to do with North Korea.
Mar-a-Lago is a country club. It is a golf corse. It is not a Department of Defense secure site. It is not Camp David, the White House, the Pentagon, or NORAD. It does not have the security that it should have to be running the United States of America from.
The White House, with the situation rooms, the war rooms, the Oval Office, as well as the high security, the network of information and data is a secure as it can be expected to protect the United States and its interests. Even with Secret Service, police and military, Mar-a-Lago is a country club.
When the Japanese Prime Minister was there, North Korea test fired a missile. In a dinning room was used to talk about top-secret national security items in response to North Korea with bus boys taking cell phone photos of what was going on. A lot of security there.
On top of Mar-a-Lago not being secure like the White House, when foreign dignitaries come to the U.S., they are not coming just to see the President of the United States, they are coming to see Washington D.C. The U.S. capital city is not only impressive, but designed and built to be impressive, and intimidating. As is the White House itself. Also, many foreign dignitaries will want to spend time at their embassies or consulates in D.C., something they cannot do if they are in Florida.
During the discussion of the decision to fire 59 cruise missiles at Syria, Donald Trump was more intent on talking about the desert he and the Chinese president were having from the kitchen at Mar-a-Lago. A piece of chocolate cake he was very accurate talking about, but when he said the U.S. launched cruise missiles, he stated that they were fired at Iraq, having to be corrected by FOX News’ Maria Bartiromo. Really? The man can tell all about the most beautiful piece of chocolate cake ever, and how President Xi was enjoying it, but he does not know where the missiles were going?
And the cost? NBC News reports that a trip to Camp David, about an hour by air from D.C., does not cost the tax payer much, and it an official retreat for the President and the first family. Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group, estimate a back and forth trip from D.C. to Florida on Air Force One at about $1 million. The summit with Chinese President Xi is estimated to have cost $1.5 million, with the Palm Beach County community paying for it. Each day President Trump is at Mar-a-Lago, it costs the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s office $60,000.
Over 8 years as president, Barack Obama racked up $97 in travel. At the rate Trump is going, he could easily cost the taxpayer more than that in four-year, quite possible in this first year of his presidency.
Why is this important? Donald Trump wants to cut money from so many needed services and groups that help U.S. citizens everyday. Yet, he is needlessly spending money like there is a surplus of it lying around. The money he is wasting could be directed into these budget cut areas, saving many of the needed services planned for budget cuts.
Opinion by Cletus Dillwood