Donald Trump and his family members have run up a tremendous cost in taxpayer expenses for their living arrangements, trips, and secret service protection.
It turns out that the spending of Americans money does not stop there. Donald Trump’s ex-wife, Marla Maples, and their 23-year-old daughter Tiffany have also run up some sick expenses on the taxpayer’s expense.
A recent trip to Italy by Marla and Tiffany to Italy, which included yachting around the Tyrrhenian Sea, was costly, to put it mildly. The sum spent on car rentals alone came out to a stunning $117,489.44.
The bill for Donald and Melania Trump’s brief, two-day visit to Italy and the Pope in May came out to a jaw-dropping $1,956,949.73!
According to a report by the Government Accountability Office, the president’s frequent visits to his Mar-a-Lago estate cost taxpayers an average of $3.6 million per trip. In fact, during his first three months as president, Donald Trump spent over half his weekends at the Florida getaway. The total cost to the American people: over $20 million!
When the president travels, generally several military aircraft are involved. These include Air Force One, carrying the president, his entourage and guests, cargo planes packing motorcade limousines and other equipment, and aircraft to transport personnel who conduct security sweeps before the president arrives.
It’s not just the costs attributed to the president’s travelling that are costly. Secret service costs for Jared Kushner, Ivanka and children, while they were staying at their Manhattan residence were also tremendous.
The Congressional Research Service reports that anytime Air Force One takes to the air, the cost comes to about $180,000 per flight hour. Travelling expenses also include the need for security sweeps, the necessary entourage, and Secret Service protection.
How does Donald Trump’s free-wheeling spending on travel compare with other presidents during their first three months on the job, which included 25 days of travel? At the same point during their first terms, Bill Clinton had spent zero days travelling, Obama four days, and George W. Bush 14 days.
If Donald Trump is so concerned about the economic condition of the nation, as he says he is, he would do well to take a good look in the mirror.