Taking a trip from D.C. to Palm Beach is pricey to begin with, but when you're the president, that trip gets considerably more expensive—and taxpayers pick up the tab.
According to The Washington Post, President Donald Trump and his family's "unusually elaborate lifestyle" has proven to be incredibly expensive since the inauguration—due in large part to their frequent traveling—to the point where the publication reports his presidency is already "costing far beyond what has been typical for past presidents."
Trump's three trips to Mar-a-Lago alone have cost the federal treasury an estimated $10 million. Combined with the $500,000 a day it costs to protect Trump Tower in New York City and to protect Trump's family on one-off business trips—like Eric Trump's recent visit to Uruguay, where "Secret Service and U.S. embassy staffers paid nearly $100,000 in hotel room bills"—that price tag is estimated to balloon into "hundreds of millions of dollars over the course of a four-year term."
In particular, Trump's proclivity for taking his business to Mar-a-Lago has proven to be especially costly, since it includes paying for Coast Guard units to protect the estate's exposed shoreline, along with the typical "military, security, and staffing expenses" typical for protecting a president while he's out in public.
Furthermore, these trips have the added benefit of potentially benefitting Trump financially, since he refused to divest ownership of his company. From the Defense Department and Secret Service seeking to rent out a floor of Trump Tower for $1.5 million a year to the unprecedented amount of press his properties are getting just because he's there, he stands to make quite a bit of money from these frequent trips—even if they're technically for presidential business.
As The Washington Post points out, Trump once used to criticize former President Barack Obama for being a "habitual vacationer," and claimed in an interview that if elected, he "would rarely leave the White House." At the rate he and his family are at now, however, he's on track for his travel expenses to cost hundreds of millions more than either Obama or presidents before him—with local taxpayers in Palm Beach County paying an estimated $60,000 a day already.
You can read the rest of The Washington Post's report right here.
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