Between January and May, a new report from the Mic shows President Trump spent about $133,000 in taxpayer money on personal furnishings for the White House
In comparison, former President Barack Obama spent just about $51,000 during the same period, according to White House records. However, the same records show Obama spent more money later that year, which narrows the gap between how much each president spent on furnishings.
Obama spent about $70,000 during June of 2008, compared to just $17,000 for Trump this month. Mathematically, that puts Trump at roughly $24,000 ahead of Obama’s furniture spending at this point during Obama’s presidency.
According to the Mic report, one of Trump’s top dollar orders was a custom conference table from the Kittinger Company, Inc. It’s total cost was $13,000. According to Mic, former President Richard Nixon also had a Kittinger conference table, but paid for it himself with his own finances.
The spending on White House furnishings comes amid scrutiny over Trump’s frequent weekend trips to Trump-brand golf clubs, Mar-a-Lago and luxury resorts, which have cost taxpayers millions.
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