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News Friday, Feb 17 2017

Taxpayers On The $11.8M Hook For Trump's Weekend Getaways

Feb 17, 2017

Donald Trump has had a few strenuous weeks — what with multiple investigations into his campaign’s communications with Russia, his Labor Secretary getting spiked by fellow Republicans, his Muslim Ban stalled in federal court, and his National Security Advisor resigning for “trust” issues (not potentially illegal talks with Russians) — so we can understand why he’d want to get out of Washington, DC. Every. Single. Weekend.

But taxpayers shouldn’t be on the hook for his weekend jaunts to Mar a Lago just because Trump is incompetent and needs to go on vacation three of the four weekends of his first month on the job.

In total, Trump’s trips will have cost taxpayers at least $11,796,000 and at least $2,240,000 in lost revenue to local businesses, including:

  • More than $75,000 in lost revenue to the Lantana Airport through Feb. 20, 2017.
That doesn’t include the more than $2 million a day to protect Trump and his family, on top of an extra $1 million a day for protecting Trump Tower in Manhattan.

Maybe Trump should take his advice to spend less time travelling and more time dealing with the global wildfires he has caused.

Published: Feb 17, 2017

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