Watchdog group releases Air Force One travel cost data

Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog organization, has released records it obtained through a Freedom of Information Act that details costs incurred for two of President Trump’s weekend trips to Mar-a-Lago.

The records were obtained from the Department of the Air Force, about two flights President Trump took to his Florida estate in February and March, which reportedly cost a total of $1,281,420 for the use of Air Force One.

  • February 3-6 – 4.7 hours of flight time @ $142,380 per hour = $669,186.
  • March 3-6 – 4.3 hours of flight time @ $142,380 per hour = $612,234.  This trip includes a stop in Orlando where President Trump toured a private Catholic school with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said, “We’re pleased the Air Force finally gave us some numbers for President Trump’s travel. We’re preparing to go to court to get a full accounting of President Trump’s controversial trips.  Judicial Watch tracked some of the costs of President Obama’s unnecessary travel and we’re not closing up shop with a new administration.”

The watchdog group has documented former President Obama’s travel expenses since 2009, and has reported that his total tab to American taxpayers was $96,938,882.51 during his 8 years in office.

They say they are still waiting for records from the Secret Service with information about security expenses incurred so far during the Trump administration.

H/T: Judicial Watch

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