“I just want to stay in the White House and work my ass off.” —Candidate Donald Trump, 2016
The American people have now paid more than $108 Million for President Donald Trump to visit golf courses which he also owns and profits from.
“The candidate who used to hammer Barack Obama for golfing too much is on track to play two and a half times as much as his predecessor and at three times the cost to taxpayers,” writes S.V. Date for the Huffington Post.
President Donald Trump began a three-day golf weekend Friday, making his 16th visit to his New Jersey golf club since entering office and pushing his total travel and security costs for his hobby to $108.1 million.
The president’s Marine One helicopter touched down at Trump National Golf Club, Bedminster around 12:45 p.m. Trump is not scheduled to return to the White House until Sunday, giving him three more golf days at his resort 45 miles west of New York City.
Heading into Friday, Trump had spent 60 days at his course in Northern Virginia, 59 days at Bedminster and 57 days at his resort in West Palm Beach. He has also visited his courses in Los Angeles; Doral, Florida; Jupiter, Florida; Scotland and Ireland ― all on the taxpayer dime.
Trump’s use of Air Force One, even the smaller version he used Friday, and Marine Corps helicopters both in Washington and New Jersey drive up costs to taxpayers, and the long weekend will add at least $1.1 million to his grand total, according to a HuffPost analysis.
Here's the Huffington Post's newly updated totals:
Trump’s Golf Costs: $108.1 Million And Counting, With Taxpayers Picking Up The Tab
WH OFFICIAL PHOTO, Public domain: President Donald J. Trump, professional golfer Lexi Thompson and radio commentator Rush Limbaugh pose for a photo Friday, April 19, 2019, at the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Fla. (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)