After years of criticizing President Obama for spending taxpayer money on travel, Donald Trump is on par to spend more in one year of traveling than Obama did throughout his presidency, CNN reports.
In his first few months in office, Trump has spent six weekends and about $20 million traveling to and from Mar-A-Lago, his private Palm Beach golf club. According to a 2016 Judicial Watch study, Obama spent a little more than $96 million total across his eight years in office on family vacations and press trips.
"The Obamas' notorious abuse of presidential travel perks wasted military resources and stressed the Secret Service. 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. "President-elect Trump can immediately save taxpayers money by reforming presidential travel."
Meanwhile, Trump's 2018 budget cut proposal is set to slash $54 billion in across the State Department, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Environmental Protection Agency's budgets, as well as 13 percent ($2.4 billion) of the Transportation Department's spending.
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