President Trump’s traveling is about to get him in trouble with some people if he keeps it up. Although he’s not that far into his term yet, Trump is already scheduled to spend more during his first year in office than former President Barack Obama’s full eight years.
The primary travel expenses come from Trump’s visits to his private club in Florida. In the first 80 days of his term, Trump managed to rack up roughly $20 million in traveling expenses according to CNN. In comparison, former president Obama took a four-day trip to Florida in 2013 which ended up costing $3.6 million, according to a 2016 Government Accountability Office report.
Trump’s total time spent at Mar-a-Lago since his inauguration has been 21 days. Using the Obama’s trip as a base cost, this puts Trump’s expenses at roughly $21.6 million. According to CNN, Obama spent his eight years in office spending $97 million on travel (Personal and Business). If Trump continued his patterns of flying to Florida, he would probably overtake Obama’s travel expenses in no time.
However, some people believe that Trump will stop visiting Mar-a-Largo after May because of intense heat. But others worry he will start traveling to New York’s Trump Tower to visit his wife and son as well as his golf club in New Jersey. So, the price of traveling is likely going to skyrocket.
But Trump’s traveling tends to surround work over vacation. Compared to Obama, who Trump criticized often for vacationing and golfing, Trump works wherever he goes. That’s what made him a successful businessman. In a Tweet from 2011, Trump said the following:
“The habitual vacationer, @BarackObama, is now in Hawaii. This vacation is costing taxpayers $4 million [sic] +++ while there is 20% unemployment.”
Trump is definitely spending a lot of money on travel, but the question is, does working harder in those locations make up for the vast traveling? Let us know what you think!
Credit: The Hill