'Logistical Nightmare' — At Taxpayer Expense – Travel Extravaganza By President Trump And Family
United States. March 7. UITV. Barely a month into the Trump presidency, the unusually elaborate lifestyle of America’s new first family is straining the Secret Service and security officials. Adding to the costs and complications is Trump’s inclination to conduct official business surrounded by crowds of people.
Trump’s three Mar-a-Lago trips since the inauguration have probably cost the federal treasury about $10 million. The handful of government agencies that bear the brunt of the expenses. But some figures have dribbled out, while others can be gleaned from government documents.
The Defense and Homeland Security departments, have not responded to Washington Post requests for data laying out the costs since Trump took office. Based on figures used in an October government report analyzing White House travel, including money for Coast Guard
Units to patrol the exposed shoreline and other military, security and staffing expenses associated with moving the apparatus of the presidency.
In New York, the city is paying $500,000 a day to guard Trump Tower, an amount that could reach $183 million a year. This month, The Post reported that Secret Service and U.S. embassy staffers paid nearly $100,000 in hotel-room bills to support Eric Trump’s trip to promote a Trump-brand condo tower in Uruguay.
“This is an expensive way to conduct business, and the president should recognize that,” said Tom Fitton, president of the conservative group Judicial Watch. “The unique thing about President Trump is that he knows what it costs to run a plane.” Fitton added, noting that Trump should consider using the presidential retreat of Camp David, a short helicopter ride from the White House, or even his golf course in Northern Virginia. Of Mar-a-Lago, Fitton said, “Going down there ain’t free.”
In advance of Trump’s Super Bowl weekend trip to Mar-a-Lago, the Secret Service paid for a bevy of security costs, including more than $12,000 for tents, portable toilets, light towers and golf carts, purchase orders show.
Every presidency has brought new operational challenges and lifestyle habits, from George W. Bush’s frequent stays at his remote ranch in Texas to Obama’s annual trips to Martha’s Vineyard and his native state of Hawaii. Judicial Watch estimated that Obama-related travel expenses totaled nearly $97 million over eight years. But based on the first four weeks, Trump’s presidency appears on track to cost hundreds of millions of dollars more.
Township officials have begun preparing for the possibility that Trump will make up to 10 visits this year, including a potentially extended summer stay for the first lady. Officials there offered a projection, based on seven Trump trips, that could cost the township more than $300,000