President Trump's vacations already set to surpass Obama's total travel expenses

Taxpayers are likely to pay more for Trump's first year in office than they spent on Obama during all eight years

By Matthew Rozsa
April 12, 2017 2:00PM (UTC)
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If President Donald Trump thought it looked bad when the Palm Beach County Commissioner proposed turning his Mar-a-Lago resort into a special taxing district, he hasn't seen anything yet.

Trump's frequent trips to his palatial Florida resort have so far cost taxpayers more than $21 million, according to a report by CNN. At this rate, he will easily surpass Obama's travel total for his entire term in office — the comparatively measly sum of $97 million.


Although Trump is expected to temporarily halt his Mar-a-Lago visits with the onset of summer in May, it is likely that he will then switch to regularly visiting Trump Tower in New York City and the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey.

In addition, despite regularly tweeting prior to becoming president that President Barack Obama spent too much time playing golf, Trump has been frequently spotted on the links during the six weekends he has spent at Mar-a-Lago. He has spent 17 days at a golf course during the first 12 weeks of his presidency, according to a report by The New York Times.

By contrast, neither Obama nor President George W. Bush spent any days golfing during the first dozen weeks of their administrations, while President Bill Clinton only spent three days on a golf course. Similarly, while Trump has spent 21 days at a private getaway during the opening weeks of his term, Obama only spent 4, Bush only spent 12, and Clinton never went to a private getaway at all.

Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a staff writer for Salon. He holds an MA in History from Rutgers University-Newark and is ABD in his PhD program in History at Lehigh University. His work has appeared in Mic, Quartz and MSNBC.

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