According to Politico, Donald Trump’s weekend trip to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida could cost taxpayers more than $3 million.
The estimate is based on a 2016 Government Accountability Office report detailing a similar three-day trip by former President Obama in 2013. During the trip, Obama left Washington for Chicago and later flew to Palm Beach. The report pegged the cost of that getaway at about $3.6 million.
About $770,000 of that cost was borne by the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the Secret Service, while the other $2.8 million was billed to the Defense Department, primarily for the use of Air Force One and its accompanying support.
Trump complained numerous times during Obama’s term about the president’s vacations and weekend trips, accusing Obama of playing fast and loose with taxpayer money.
“There’s just so much to be done,” Trump said in November after winning the presidential election. “So I don’t think we’ll be very big on vacations, no.”
Trump’s weekend getaway is likely to incur similar expenses, and Trump has said he intends to travel to the Florida estate regularly.
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