Saturday, February 18, 2017

Trump Travel, Living, and Security Expenses Are Skyrocketing to Record Levels

Just a Routine Day in Manhattan, bark, bark 

Mar-a-Lago retreat in FL

The headlines gives pause (Washington Post). However, Trump supporters who have blasted the Obama’s for their spending in the past, well, they don’t care. Now that headlines and extracts from the story:

Trump family’s elaborate lifestyle is a “logistical nightmare” — (and) at taxpayer expense

This past Friday (Feb 16), President Trump and his entourage were jetted for his third straight weekend to a working getaway at his oceanfront Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, FL.

Then on Saturday (Feb 17), his two sons, Eric and Don Jr., with their Secret Service details in tow, will be nearly 8,000 miles away in the UAE attending the grand opening of a Trump-brand golf resort in the “Beverly Hills of Dubai.”

They and those of that ilk still blast the Obamas for wasteful travel spending and such. Ha… what a hoot. More here from this article – just the highlights with a simple premise re: the Trump Tower and other places where the Trump name is (that Golf course in Dubai) – the profits, paid for in our tax dollars goes into the Trump kitty.

Now, let’s be honest, okay? President and their families need protection – but I am not so sure about the two sons on personal business trips to far flung places with SS protection – why I wonder, but we can save that for later.

Now, if the W/H hits the road for Japan, India, Korea, Brazil, or some other place, it will be expensive – we all that too. But, what if they book at a “Trump International Hotel or Resort” there? Guess who gets the rent money and such? Pretty simple answer isn’t it?

Like this noted in the same article, re: Mrs. Trump living in NYC at Trump Tower:

Police officials estimate that it will 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 are and possibly remain to live.
Also, Secret Service and Embassy employees paid about $100,000 in hotel room bills during Eric Trump's trip to Uruguay, where he promoted a Trump-branded building.
And, on top of just those two examples, if the Pentagon secures rental space in Trump Tower — needed for when the president returns to NYC — it could cost $1.5 million per year, according to the building's website.

Footnote from the article … I found very interesting:

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, Trump is well on his way to jump past that figure by hundreds of millions of dollars.  

My summary: What racket and no wonder the Trump’s are great with deal making… this new government gig is a total, well you know what I mean? Here, to prove my point the Trump mascot and prized possession just showed up again right here on this page - welcome...!!!

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