In Reply to: Cost of Trump in the big house posted by Bruce(OR) on July 17, 2017 at 10:25:37:
President Donald Trump — who criticized politicians in September for “wasting” taxpayer money — is on track to spend more on travel costs in his first year as president than President Barack Obama did during his entire eight-year tenure in the White House.
The discrepancy in travel costs was visualized in a graphic posted on Reddit Thursday night, which was widely shared the following day. The graphic used reporting from the Washington Post to show Trump spent nearly $10 million in his first month as president, while Obama spent $12 million per year.
Read: Cost Of Obama’s Travel, Vacation: President Spent Almost $100 Million Of Taxpayers Money
If Trump’s travel costs stay consistent throughout his entire presidency, they could reach $480 million for one term and $960 million for two. In contrast, over Obama’s travel costs reached $97 million over his eight years in office.
Part of that is due to Trump’s frequent trips to his Mar-A-Lago estate in West Palm Beach, Florida. St. Patrick’s Day weekend marked the fifth time Trump made the trip to Mar-A-Lago since he was inaugurated Jan. 20. In part because of high security costs, each trip to Florida costs an estimated $3 million. After five trips to his “Winter White House,” Trump’s trips will have cost taxpayers an estimated $15 million.