Since he took up residence in the White House 80 days ago, President Trump has made many trips back and forth to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. It’s been reported that these trips have so far cost taxpayers approximately $20 million.
Critics of the president are comparing his multi-million dollar trips to those of former President Barack Obama, who spent nearly $97 million on travel during his eight years in office, saying that Trump will likely outspend Obama in travel expenses in just his first year in office.
For example, a 2016 Government Accountability Office report showed that a four-day trip Obama took to Florida in 2013 “cost the Secret Service and Coast Guard $3.6 million.” Trump’s trips to Florida would cost roughly the same amount, and as of Monday, he has spent a total of 21 days at Mar-a-Lago, which could carry an estimated $21.6 million price tag.
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