The cost of protecting Donald Trump’s family is on track to far exceed that of Fmr. President Obama and the Obama family.
According to estimates by the Washington Post, the expenses of the first four weeks of Trump’s presidency suggest that the U.S. government may end up spending hundreds of millions of dollars more that it did on the Obamas, largely because of extensive travel.
According to the estimate, Trump’s three trips to the Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida since the inauguration cost approximately $10 million in travel, security and more.
Guarding the Trump Tower in New York City, the current residence of the first lady Melania Trump and their son Barron, would cost the taxpayers $183 million a year. Melania and Barron are expected to move to the White House at the end of the school year.
Additional costs also included $100,000 in hotel fees for Secret Service personnel that accompanied Eric Trump’s trip to Uruguay, and another estimated $1.5 million a year to rent appropriate space for authorities in the Trump Tower, if the Pentagon decides to prepare for the commander-in-chief’s possible to return to his Manhattan residence.
Tom Fitton, president of the conservative group Judicial Watch, which closely tracked President Barack Obama’s family vacation costs, said:
“This is an expensive way to conduct business, and the president should recognize that.”
“The unique thing about President Trump is that he knows what it costs to run a plane,” Fitton added, noting that Trump should consider using the presidential retreat of Camp David, a short helicopter ride from the White House, or even his golf course in Northern Virginia. Of Mar-a-Lago, Fitton said, “Going down there ain’t free.”