Seven weekends for Donald Trump at his Mar-a-Lago resort are adding up quickly on the tab covered by the American taxpayers.
It is estimated that each weekend at the Florida get away,
charmingly stupidly dubbed “the Winter White House” (it’s spring now, morons) by the administration, costs taxpayers somewhere around $3 million. That estimate means that Trump has already cost us somewhere around $21 million, almost doubling the highest estimates of Barack Obama’s $12 million annual travel expenses.
Slate reports further:
If Trump keeps up the current pace of trips, he could spend $60 million in taxpayer cash solely to visit Mar-a-Lago this year. And, of course, that doesn’t even come close to estimating the full cost of protecting the president and his family. The most obvious additional cost involves first lady Melania Trump and son Barron, who are staying in New York at least until September. The New York Police Department has said it costs as much as $146,000 per day to protect the first family.
Trump has visited a Trump-branded property on 28 of the days he has been president, “meaning that he visits a property that’s part of his private business empire more than one-third of the days he’s been in office, or once every 2.8 days,” notes the Washington Post. Many ethics experts have raised red flags about the way Trump is making sure his properties have a key mention in the history books. “President Donald Trump is diminishing the office of the presidency by turning himself into a walking advertisement for his global resort properties,” notes Public Citizen.
Although the president is exempt from rules that other government employees must follow, Trump seems to be brazenly ignoring the basic principle that public officials shouldn’t use their offices for private profit. “The president’s recurrent trips to Mar-a-Lago and other properties he owns, particularly with leaders that make the visits newsworthy, means he is in effect using the presidency to promote his business,” said Kathleen Clark, a former ethics lawyer for the District of Columbia and a law professor at Washington University in St. Louis. “He’s a very effective marketer, and he’s using the presidency as though it’s just part of him being famous and doesn’t come with other moral, if not legal, obligations.”
Government ethics watchdogs and legal teams are looking into Trump’s excessive use of his resort, both for security purposes (he famously discussed North Korean missiles in the public dining room) and emoluments purposes (he is personally benefiting from Mar-a-Lago business).
Get this clown out of office and back where he belongs. Wherever the hell that is.