Trump’s Bedminster Vacation Costs Taxpayers $840,000
WASHINGTON, May 5, 2017—Donald Trump tweeted Friday that by staying at his for-profit golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey he was saving taxpayers money.
Rather than causing a big disruption in N.Y.C., I will be working out of my home in Bedminster, N.J. this weekend. Also saves country money!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 5, 2017
While staying in Bedminster is less expensive than his trips to Palm Beach, it is estimated that a weekend trip to Trump’s New Jersey club still costs taxpayers $839,858.76.
According to the Center for American Progress Action Fund, flight expenses are estimated at $358,490.90, three days of Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security expenses total an estimated $303,225, per diem expenses for Secret Service agents and support staff for three days are estimated at $135,000 and costs to Bedminster township are estimated at $43,142.86.
The estimates are based on a Judicial Watch evaluation of a flight President Obama took to Westchester, NY; Bedminster’s own estimate of its expenses; and a Government Accountability Office study of expenses during a similar trip by President Obama, adjusted for trip length.
Trump’s Bedminster golf club is a for-profit business that costs between $75,000 and $100,000 to join and $22,000 in yearly membership fees.
This is likely the first of many trips to New Jersey, since Trump has suggested that he plans to spend his summer weekends at his Bedminster for-profit business now that his Palm Beach business is closed for the summer.
Trump has already spent an estimated $26 million on travel to his Florida and New Jersey for-profit clubs in less than four months. President Obama spent almost $97 million in eight years, according to Judicial Watch.
Trump’s eighth weekend vacation in 16 weeks since his inauguration is not saving taxpayer money. American taxpayers should not be paying the bill for a president’s to go on vacation every other weekend. Just because he calls it a “working weekend” doesn’t mean he can’t do the same work in D.C. at a much lower price tag to taxpayers. What would really save taxpayers money would be staying at the White House more often.
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