According to recent reports, President Trump has spent as much on vacations to his luxury resorts in 3 months, as former president Barack Obama spent in two years as president.
Trump has cost the country at least $24 million in accumulated travel expenses for lavish trips taken to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm, Beach Florida, so far he has spent 9 out of 11 weekends there with each vacation totaling around $3 million.
Obama spent $24 million on travel over the entire first two years of his presidency.
Trump frequently criticized Obama for “playing golf all day” before his presidency, which only adds to the hypocrisy.
While our wonderful president was out playing golf all day, the TSA is falling apart, just like our government! Airports a total disaster!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 21, 2016
At a campaign rally last year Trump said, “I’m going to be working for you; I’m not going to have time to go play golf,” according to CNN.
According to Independent UK, during Obama’s two-terms in office he spent $97 million, which adds up to be around $12 million per year. Trump is set to exceed the previous president in expenses in only his first 10 months, spending $10 million in just the first 3 of his 11 “golf course getaways”. The recent visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping at his Florida resort has set Trump’s trip expenditures at an average of $2.4 million in tax dollars per week.
The Trump administration plans to make $597 million in tax cuts to government-funded programs. That’s just short of the $600 million in projected security costs for Trump’s Mar-a-Lago visits over the course of his term.
Instead of the budget cuts proposed by the Trump administration to education, social security, and creative arts programs, it seems clear that if Trump would only decrease the burden of his travel costs he could avoid making unnecessary cuts to essential government programs all together, while simultaneously achieving his goal of making a historic $54 million increase in military spending.