- President Donald Trump’s trips to golf courses in Florida, New Jersey, Los Angeles, and Scotland have cost taxpayers at least $US102 million, according to a HuffPost report.
- That figure is 255 times the presidential salary that Trump declined to take, HuffPost said.
- HuffPost’s breakdown of estimated costs found that Trump’s two dozen trips to Florida cost taxpayers $US81 million, his 15 trips to New Jersey cost $US17 million, his one LA trip cost $US1 million, and his Scotland trip cost $US3 million.
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President Donald Trump’s frequent trips to the golf course have cost taxpayers at least $US102 million in travel and security expenses, according to a HuffPost report published Wednesday.
Using some figures from the Government Accountability Office, HuffPost estimated the cost of trips Trump took to golf courses in Florida, New Jersey, Los Angeles, and Scotland since taking office in 2017.
HuffPost found that Trump’s two dozen trips to Florida cost taxpayers $US81 million, his 15 trips to New Jersey cost $US17 million, his one LA trip cost $US1 million, and his Scotland trip cost $US3 million.
That $US102 million figure is 255 times the presidential salary that Trump declined to take, HuffPost said.
The number is still growing – Trump is set to travel next month to Ireland and play at his golf course in Doonbeg.
Trump has played golf or visited his clubs in Virginia, New Jersey, and Florida well over 100 times since becoming president, according to an online tracker.
Before taking office, Trump often criticised President Barack Obama for his golf outings and vacations. HuffPost reported that Obama racked up about $US30 million in out-of-town golf expenses in his first two years in office, about $US70 million less than Trump.
The White House has previously defended Trump’s visits to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, where he has golfed on numerous occasions, saying that he has also met with world leaders and conducted business there.
“He is not vacationing when he goes to Mar-a-Lago,” a White House spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, told The Washington Post in 2017. “The president works nonstop every day of the week, no matter where he is.”
During his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump promised voters that he wouldn’t golf on their dime.
“I love golf, but if I were in the White House, I don’t think I’d ever see Turnberry again. I don’t think I’d ever see Doral again,” he said at a rally in 2016, referring to his golf courses in Scotland and Miami.
He added: “I don’t ever think I’d see anything. I just want to stay in the White House and work my a– off.”
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