Donald Trump has been the president of the United States for three months but his travel expenses in 10 weeks out of those months have surpassed what Barack Obama spent in two years.
Each trip is estimated to cost at least $3 million. The total amount Trump’s trip has cost is as much as his predecessor Obama spent on travels in roughly two years of his presidency.
Obama’s trips over the eight years of his presidency amounted to a total of $97 million, that is an average of $12.1 million a year – an amount Trump almost matched in his first month. In just one month as president, Trump spent $10 million on three golfing holidays, the exact same game he had regularly criticized Obama for playing while holding office.
“While our wonderful president was out playing golf all day, the TSA is falling apart, just like our government! Airports a total disaster!” Trump tweeted in May 2016.
If you do the math, you will see that in just ten months Trump will have outspent Obama’s 8-year travel expenses if he continues at this pace. Americans are not pleased with these travels and spendings which they consider unnecessary. Some have pointed out that if Trump cuts back on his numerous travels he could fund the social security and arts programs that he is planning to slash. Over the course of his four-year term, the security arrangement for Trump’s Mar-a-Lago trips alone is estimated to cost the taxpayer $600 million.