We all know Donald Trump likes to golf. What we didn’t know was the intensity of his interest in golf was and how much it would cost U.S. taxpayers. So far, Trump has spent a quarter of his time as president weekending at his private golf club in Florida, Mar-a-Lago. In his first 80 days as president, CNN reports Trump has spent an estimated $20 million on travel to and fro over the course of 21 days. If this frequency and these figures hold, this means that Trump could surpass what former President Barack Obama spent on travel across his two terms in his first year in office alone.
Because no one trip costs the same, estimating the cost of presidential vacays are difficult. But according to a Government Accountability Office report, a four-day trip Obama took to Florida in 2013 cost the Secret Service and Coast Guard $3.6 million. So while Obama’s Florida vacation costed more, his trips were less frequent.
In comparison, the cost of protecting First Lady Melania, who spends most of her time away from her husband in New York City, is between $127,000 to $146,000 a day. Not to mention, New York City is a lot closer to Washington D.C., so you’d already save on fuel costs, so why not weekend there instead?
The news of our president’s excessive spending comes to light as Trump asks the federal government to slash non-defense spending by more than $50 billion, which include “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.
More symbolically, his excessive spending also makes him look like a total hypocrite, as he was outspoken on Obama’s past travels as president, often taking to Twitter to voice his outrage.
“The habitual vacationer, @BarackObama, is now in Hawaii. This vacation is costing taxpayers $4 milion +++ while there is 20% unemployment,” Trump tweeted in 2011—with an incorrect unemployment figure. Trump later tweeted, “President @BarackObama’s vacation is costing taxpayers millions of dollars——Unbelievable!”
Of these steadily growing expenses, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly mentioned earlier this month that his department requires additional funding to protect Trump. “They need a lot more agents, not just because of the Trump era, although that is additional because he has a lot of children and grandchildren.” Right…blame it on the grandkids.