Since taking office, President Trump has spent three consecutive weekends away from Washington D.C. and gone south for the winter. To no surprise, it is to one of his own properties: the Mar-a-Lago in Florida. His aides say that this will become something of a routine as his four years continues.
2. He's Spent A Third Of His First Month At Mar-A-Lago
On his first weekend, he spent almost five hours at one of his golf clubs and hosted a Super Bowl party at Mar-a-Lago. On his second visit, he played golf with Prime Minister Sninzo Abe of Japan. Including his South Florida stay for his Feb. 18 rally, Trump has spent 11 of his first 33 days in office in Mar-a-Lago and not in the White House.
3. And It's Taken Millions Of Federal Money From US
To put it in a better perspective, President Obama's yearly travel expenses totaled at $12 million. Once the costs for the security detail is added, Trump's weekend trips reach a $11 million-dollar price tag. So while Obama reached a total travel cost of $96 million for eight years, Trump is well on his way to eclipse that number.
There's another point to remind everyone: Mar-a-Lago is his business. It is a resort compared to the Palace of Versailles that brought $15.6 million in 2015. The place has become a "part-time capital of U.S government," where strategists and club members can bump into each other and chat.
The members of the club are powerful parts of the real estate, finance and energy industry. The Secret Service is having issues with vetting members and guests. Real estate developer Bruce Toll said that Trump is, in fact, talking to guests about policy, one of them being his famed border wall.
Critics of his trips to the resort see it as another major conflict of interest, despite Trump relinquishing control of his businesses. His sons who now run his businesses see it in a different light, as a place where world alliances can be made on the golf course. To them it's just another place to run the country.
Twitter is having the time of its life coming back at the Commander-In-Tweet at his hypocrisy. They have gone back as far as six years ago and found Trump's tweet criticizing Obama for his annual family trips to Hawaii. And to bring Trump's style of display home, after his election he said that his family would not be big on vacations.
His tweets were more vicious during the campaign, especially towards Hillary Clinton. These fresh tweets complained that taxpayers were paying ridiculous prices for Air Force One flights for both Obama and Hillary. While he threw blame on those two, the now-President allowed his team to create a plan to cut popular domestic programs like the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Legal Services Corporation, AmeriCorps and the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities.
10. Palm Beach Is Feeling The Negative Effects Of His Trips
His visits are making it difficult on the local economy as well. Every time he comes to Mar-a-Lago, there is $200,000 in lost fuel sales at the local airport, along with 250 private flights grounded each day. The sheriffs are also paid overtime to guard the closed roads at a cost of about $1.5 million to date.
The Mar-a-Lago trips are part of the Trump family's new presidential lifestyle. First Lady Melania Trump and their son Barron still reside in Manhattan and the daily security costs will amount to hundreds of millions of dollars in the course of a four-year term. The Secret Service had to protect his son Eric on a business trip to Uruguay to a price of around $100,000.
The chances of Trump staying at Camp David, the country retreat in Maryland used by the United States presidents to talk with world leaders, are slim. He has given no sign that he will visit the facility or if he will keep it open. Regardless, his choice of stay definitely affects his promise of not having enough time to golf because of work.