Posted by: maboulette | April 13, 2017

Trump Set to Outspend Obama’s Eight Years of Travel in One Year


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President Trump is on pace to spend more money on travel in a single year than President Obama spent in the entire eight years of his presidency, CNN reports. Over the first 80 days of his presidency, Trump has spent approximately $21.6 million traveling to Mar-a-Lago, his Florida beach club, where he has already spent 21 days as president. Obama spent less than $97 million on travel during the eight years he was in the White House. Among Obama’s trips were occasional visits to golf courses, which Trump frequently criticized on Twitter. Trump has made 16 visits to golf courses since his inauguration.

$20 MILLION

Donald Trump’s travel to his private club in Florida has cost over an estimated $20 million in his first 80 days as president, putting the president on pace in his first year of office to pass former President Barack Obama’s spending on travel for his entire eight years.

BELT TIGHTENING

The outsized spending on travel stands in stark relief to Trump’s calls for belt tightening across the federal government and the fact that he regularly condemned Obama for costing the American taxpayer money every time he took a trip.

OBAMA TRIP TO FLORIDA

Given variations in each trip, estimating the security costs around a presidential trip is difficult. But a 2016 Government Accountability Office report about a four-day trip Obama took to Florida in 2013 — one similar to Trump’s trips — found the total cost to the Secret Service and Coast Guard was $3.6 million.

To date, Trump has spent six weekends — and a total of 21 days — at Mar-A-Lago, his private Palm Beach club. The total estimated costs for those trips are around $21.6 million.

OBAMA

Obama, by contrast, spent just under $97 million on travel in his eight years as president, according to documents reviewed by Judicial Watch, a conservative government watchdog. These trips included personal trips – including ski trips to Aspen and the Obama’s annual family vacation in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts — and work trips, like a visit to Everglades National Park on Earth Day in 2015.

45TH WILL SURPASS

Trump’s frequent weekend travel makes it all but certain the 45th President will surpass Obama’s spending in his first term, likely within months.

SLASH NON-DEFENSE

The spending comes as Trump asks the federal government to slash non-defense spending by $54 billion, including deep cuts to the State Department, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Environmental Protection Agency and the wholesale elimination of other federal programs. The proposed cuts, which are unlikely to be adopted in total, will correspond with $54 billion in increases to defense spending.

FREQUENT TRIPS TO FLORIDA

Trump’s frequent trips to Florida will likely end soon. Businesses in Palm Beach County have been told to expect the president to visit through May, but that Trump will likely stop visiting after that because the weather in the area begins to get stiflingly hot.

 

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