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The Trump Family costing taxpayers record amounts of money
Feb 17th, 2017 at 2:13am
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And poor low energy Don is taking yet another vacation to Mar-a-Lago instead of staying at the White House like he once promised.  Grin Grin Grin



On Friday, President Donald Trump and his entourage will jet for the third straight weekend to a working getaway at his oceanfront Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida.

On Saturday, Trump's sons Eric and Don Jr., with their Secret Service details in tow, will be nearly 8,000 miles away in the United Arab Emirates, attending the grand opening of a Trump-brand golf resort in the "Beverly Hills of Dubai."


Meanwhile, New York police will keep watch outside the Trump Tower in Manhattan, the chosen home of first lady Melania Trump and son Barron. And the tiny township of Bedminster, New Jersey, is preparing for the daunting prospect that the local Trump golf course will serve as a sort of northern White House for as many as 10 weekends a year.

Barely a month into the Trump presidency, the unusually elaborate lifestyle of America's new first family is straining the Secret Service and security officials, stirring financial and logistical concerns in several local communities, and costing far beyond what has been typical for past presidents - a price tag that, based on past assessments of presidential travel and security costs, could balloon into the hundreds of millions of dollars over the course of a four-year term.


Adding to the costs and complications is Trump's inclination to conduct official business surrounded by crowds of people, such as his decision last weekend to host Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for a working dinner while Mar-a-Lago members dined nearby.

The handful of government agencies that bear the brunt of the expenses, including the Defense and Homeland Security departments, have not responded to Washington Post requests for data laying out the costs since Trump took office.

But some figures have dribbled out, while others can be gleaned from government documents.

Trump's three Mar-a-Lago trips since the inauguration have likely cost the federal treasury roughly $10 million, based on figures used in an October government report analyzing White House travel, including money for Coast Guard units to patrol the exposed shoreline and other military, security and staffing expenses associated with moving the apparatus of the presidency.

Palm Beach County officials plan to ask Washington to reimburse tens of thousands of dollars a day in expenses for deputies handling added security and traffic issues around the cramped Florida island whenever Trump is in town.

In New York, the city is paying $500,000 a day to guard Trump Tower, according to police officials' estimates, an amount that could reach $183 million a year.


Earlier this month, The Post reported that Secret Service and U.S. embassy staff paid nearly $100,000 in hotel-room bills to support Eric Trump's trip to promote a Trump-brand condo tower in Uruguay.

"This is an expensive way to conduct business, and the president should recognize that," said Tom Fitton, president of the conservative group Judicial Watch, which closely tracked President Barack Obama's family vacation costs and said it intends to continue the effort for the Trump administration.

"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."

For Trump, the costs come with an additional perk: Some of the money flows into his own pocket. While Trump has removed himself from managing his company, he has refused to divest his ownership, meaning that he benefits from corporate successes such as government contracts.

The Defense Department and Secret Service, for instance, have sought to rent space in Trump Tower, where leasing a floor can cost $1.5 million a year
- though neither agency has disclosed any details. In addition, Trump's travel to his signature properties while trailed by a press corps beaming images to the world allows the official business of the presidency to double as marketing opportunities for his brand.



http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-trump-lifestyle-taxpa...
  
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Re: The Trump Family costing taxpayers record amounts of money
Reply #1 - Feb 17th, 2017 at 2:14am
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Hey, why bother taking a measly $400,000 a year in presidential salary when you are profiting millions by having the government pay for rooms at your resorts?
  
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Do you want to guess how many tax dollars are spent every time your boy Obama vacations in Hawaii?
  


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Re: The Trump Family costing taxpayers record amounts of money
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Phillip is this a wake up call or not for you dumbasses to become libertarian or not?
  

Deny, Ignore, Evade, Distract, Place Blame Elsewhere!  Must defend the Trump Messiah!

But, but, but....but Hillary, but Lynch, but Obama, but Boosh, but Clinton!
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Re: The Trump Family costing taxpayers record amounts of money
Reply #4 - Feb 17th, 2017 at 7:11am
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POTUS Trump must be due for a golf outing by now. After all, he's been on the job for 3 weeks, and his missus can fly separately as did the former First Lady.
  
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Did he mooching mother-in-law tag along and is she living in the WH?
  
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Re: The Trump Family costing taxpayers record amounts of money
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Did he mooching mother-in-law tag along and is she living in the WH?



Even better. His trophy wife and son are living in New York which means separate secret service agents have to be assigned which adds more daily expenses the taxpayer must pay. Gotta love it!
  
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Re: The Trump Family costing taxpayers record amounts of money
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Protecting the president isn't easy or cheap, and according to estimates from The Washington Post, the cost to protect President Donald Trump and his family is on track to supersede what it cost to protect former President Barack Obama and his family by hundreds of millions of dollars.

Judicial Watch, a conservative group that tracked the cost of travel expenses for Obama, estimated that $97 million was spent during his eight years in office.

However, based on the first four weeks of Trump's presidency, which included three trips to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, Trump is well on his way to jump past that figure.

The Post rounded up a handful of estimates of the costs of protecting the Trump family incurred by the US departments of Defense and Homeland Security and local police agencies.

Here are a few:

    Three trips to Mar-a-Lago since Trump's inauguration may have cost about $10 million, based on a government report from October that analyzed White House travel, The Post said. The expenses include the cost of US Coast Guard patrol boats on the shoreline.
    Palm Beach County officials say they will request reimbursement of tens of thousands of dollars per day from the White House for their deputies who provided security and logistical support around the city.
    Police officials estimate that it would cost New York $500,000 a day, or $183 million a year, to guard Trump Tower, where first lady Melania Trump and son Barron Trump live.
    Secret Service and US embassy employees paid about $100,000 in hotel room bills during Eric Trump's trip to Uruguay, where he promoted a Trump-branded building.
    If the Pentagon secures rental space in Trump Tower — needed for when the president returns to New York — it could cost $1.5 million per year, according to the building's website.
    Secret Service paid $12,000 for tents, portable toilets, light towers, and golf carts during Trump's Super Bowl weekend trip to Mar-a-Lago.


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Re: The Trump Family costing taxpayers record amounts of money
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Jasmine wrote on Feb 17th, 2017 at 2:28am:
Do you want to guess how many tax dollars are spent every time your boy Obama vacations in Hawaii?

Not nearly as much as The Trump family is spending.  Not even close.
  

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Re: The Trump Family costing taxpayers record amounts of money
Reply #9 - Feb 17th, 2017 at 2:56pm
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Lomelis wrote on Feb 17th, 2017 at 2:37am:
Phillip is this a wake up call or not for you dumbasses to become libertarian or not?

Is that gonna stop Trump from spending our money going to Maralago every weekend?
  

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