This Is How Much President Trump’s Vacation Will Cost Taxpayers

This Is How Much President Trump’s Vacation Will Cost Taxpayers

President Donald Trump is set to take his first vacation since assuming office at his own Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida. The trip is expected to cost taxpayers more than $3 million, a similar price tag to a much-criticized vacation that former President Barack Obama took in 2013.

On Feb. 3, Trump will fly from the White House to his luxury resort in Florida for a stay of three days, reuniting with First Lady Melania Trump for the first time since his inauguration. He is expected to attend the American Red Cross’ annual fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago on Jan. 4.

Trump Vacation To Cost Taxpayers Over $3 Million

Trump Vacation To Cost Taxpayers Over $3 Million

Based on the trajectory of his trip when compared to a similar flight schedule that Obama had taken in 2013, Trump’s vacation could cost as much as $3.6 million for taxpayers, Politico reports.

The price of that Obama vacation had been estimated by the Government Accountability Office at the request of Republican Sen John Barrasso of Wyoming. Barrasso had blasted Obama for his pricey trip to Florida, asserting that he was “showing little regard for the taxpayer.”

Trump himself had been a vocal critic of Obama’s vacationing, repeatedly tweeting out slams against the former president whenever he took a leisure trip.

“President [Obama]’s vacation is costing taxpayers millions of dollars — Unbelievable!” Trump had tweeted out in December 2011. Trump accused Obama of being “the habitual vacationer.”

Trump Vacation To Cost Taxpayers Over $3 Million

Trump Vacation To Cost Taxpayers Over $3 Million

On the campaign trail, Trump had signaled that his vacation time if elected president would be very sparse. In June 2015, he had pledged to take very few trips for leisure.

“I would rarely leave the White House because there’s so much work to be done,” Trump said, according to The Hill. “I would not be a president who took vacations. I would not be a president that takes time off.”

Obama was also not quite the habitual vacationer when compared to other presidents. Former President Ronald Reagan spent roughly an entire year of his two terms in office vacationing at his home in California. Former President George W. Bush logged 530 days vacationing at his homes in Maine and Texas. Meanwhile, Obama spent only 230 days vacationing during his tenure.

On Feb. 6, the conservative nonprofit Judicial Watch plans to file a request for an accounting of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago vacation under the Freedom of Information Act. The group’s president, Tom Fitton, suggested that Trump should in the future “check out Camp David and see if he can make better use of that.”

Trump’s stay at Mar-a-Lago was almost upset by a planned protest. The March to Mar-A-Lago for Humanity had intended to gather before the resort to protest against the president but had to cancel due to concerns that too many people would attend.

“There was no way to self manage [thousands] of protesters and keep them on sidewalks,” organizer Stephen Milo wrote on the group’s official Facebook page.

Sources: The Hill, March to Mar-a-Lago for Humanity/Facebook, Politico / Photo credit: Emilio Labrador/Flickr

3 thoughts on “This Is How Much President Trump’s Vacation Will Cost Taxpayers

  1. He is scheduled a fundraiser for the red cross. And a meeting with business people. I would beg to differ with this article. Not a vacation. And I am sure price tag will be just what the cost of the plane.

  2. The plane has to fly anyway to keep its pilots currency requirements, so no additional cost there. Its his home so no cost there. He is probably the cheapest President to feed due to his love of fast food and the fact he doesn’t drink. About the only real extra cost would be a few additional cost in security away from DC. Every opponent of the President (regardless of which one) loves to complain about their vacations. Well for the most part their vacations are working vacations. They are actually on duty 24/7 for 4 years. So people should just quit worrying about the cost. Especially the cost of Air Force One, there are four of them and several flight crews for each one and every one of the crews has to have training to stay current. There is also at least one of these planes in the air at all times regardless if the President is on it or not.

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