In his first 80 days as commander in chief, President Donald Trump has spent 21 days at his Mar-A-Lago golf club, costing taxpayers $21.6 million, according to The New York Times. If this keeps up, Trump is on track to surpass Barack Obama’s travel cost for an entire four-year term in a matter of only one year.
Ironically, when Obama took a trip to Hawaii in 2011, Trump tweeted “President [Barack Obama’s] vacation is costing taxpayers millions of dollars — Unbelievable!”
Meanwhile, Trump and his family are the most expensive the country has ever seen regarding their burden to tax-payers. Security to protect Melania and Barron Trump is estimated at almost $150,000 a day, according to CNN. There is no reason those two should be leeching off the American people to live in New York City, when they could be enjoying the honor and luxury of living in the White House.
It should be noted that Barron and Melania have not once been visited by Trump in New York City. One has to wonder just how much Donald is despised by Melania and Barron for him to avoid his family like the plague.
Another aspect of all this that has not been touched on frequently, is how Trump’s entire extended family, children and grandchildren have to be protected by the Secret Service — which reportedly is now woefully understaffed, according to CBS News.
I can only imagine how many millions a day the Trump family is costing the American people. For all the Trump sympathizers who say “Trump is just a guy doing his best,” or “he’s at least better than Obama,” consider this — President Trump spends 31 percent of his time on vacation, playing golf, flying his private jet and eating on the taxpayer’s dime.
In many ways, he is the epitome of someone taking advantage of government assistance. He’s a true hypocrite who is setting himself up to be remembered as one of the worst presidents of all time — if not the worst. If you don’t believe me, just look at his approval rating. At the time I’m writing this, it stands at a measly 40 percent, the lowest of any new president in history. I’m just patiently waiting to see if he can reach George W. Bush lows.
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