Donald Trump's golf problem
- Author: Zachary Reyes Apr 12, 2017,
Apr 12, 2017, 19:39
Frequent trips to his golf estate in Florida, where Mr Trump has spent about a quarter of his first 82 days as president, have cost taxpayers an estimated $21 million (£16.8 million).
Oh, how the hypocritical cookie crumbles.
Trump has spent six weekends - 21 days in all - at Mar-A-Lago, the club he owns in Palm Beach.
"Judicial Watch estimates that the final costs of Obama's unnecessary vacation and political travel will well exceed $100 million", Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said at the conclusion of the study.
At the current rate, Trump is on pace to spend more this year in travel expenses than Obama did over the course of the previous eight years.
Since moving into the White House, Donald Trump has called for a "belt tightening" of the federal government. The proposed cuts, which are unlikely to be adopted in total, will correspond with $54 billion in increases to defense spending.
President Trump has already spent one-fourth of his presidency hanging out at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach.
What's interesting is that before his inauguration, Trump regularly criticized Obama for playing golf while holding office. However, Trump is expected to trade trips to Mar-a-Lago for trips to his penthouse apartment at Trump Tower in New York City - where first lady Melania Trump and their son, Barron, have been living as he finishes school - and his private Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster Township, New Jersey, CNN noted.
But Trump won't be traveling back and forth to Florida for long - businesses were told not to expect the president's visits after May when the weather heats up.
Before he became USA president, Trump had often criticised Obama's travel expenses.
As comparisons are being drawn to the former first family, Trump and his family have proven to be more expensive to be protected. Trump's visit along with Xi from April 6 to 7 at his resort cost $250,000, which included at least $120,000 per day in overtime pay for law enforcement officials, according to Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw, Fox News reported.
"We need a larger Secret Service", Kelly said, "because we need to get some of these people a little bit of time at home with their families".
Kelly also acknowledged the strain the Secret Service is under.