How Much President Trump’s Trips To Mar-a-Lago Are Costing Taxpayers | TODAY


FOR US.
GABE, GOOD MORNING. >>Reporter: MATT, GOOD MORNING.
THE WHITE HOUSE AS WELL AS THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AND
HOMELAND SECURITY WON’T SAY EXACTLY HOW MUCH THESE TRIPS ARE
COSTING, BUT WHILE THE WHITE HOUSE INSISTS THERE ARE NO
CONFLICTS OF INTEREST, ETHICS WATCHDOGS SAY THE
TAXPAYER-FUNDED TRIPS ARE TO PROMOTE A FAMILY BUSINESS AND
EXPLOITING THE PRESIDENCY FOR PERSONAL GAIN.
WHEN BARACK OBAMA WAS PRESIDENT, DONALD TRUMP HAD HARSH WORDS
ABOUT HIS TRAVEL TRIPS. >>WHAT’S BETTER THAN THE WHITE
HOUSE? WHY THESE VACATIONS?
YOU’RE IN THE WHITE HOUSE, THERE’S SO MUCH WORK TO BE DONE.
>>Reporter: BUT NOW MR. TRUMP’S TRAVELING OFTEN TO MAR-A-LAGO,
HIS GLITZCY, SPRAWLING, FLORIDA ESTATE.
ALSO A PRIVATE CLUB OWNED BY THE FAMILY BUSINESS.
SEVEN TRIPS SINCE HE TOOK OFFICE INCLUDING ANOTHER ONE THIS WEEK.
MORE THAN HALF OF THE WEEKENDS. >>I HAVE THE SOUTHERN WHITE
HOUSE IN FLORIDA. WE GET A LOT OF WORK DONE, NOT A
LOT OF REST AT THE SOUTH WHITE HOUSE, A LOT OF WORK.
>>Reporter: WHO’S WHO OF THE ADMINISTRATION, POLICY
CONSULTANTS AND MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, MANY FLOWN DOWN AT
TAXPAYER EXPENSE AND STAYING IN HIGH-PRICED ROOMS IN MAR-A-LAGO.
PLUS FOREIGN OFFICIALS LIKE CHINA’S PRESIDENT XI JINPING.
LAST WEEK HE STAYED OVERNIGHT IN A NEARBY RESORT AND THE JAPANESE
PRIME MINISTER SHINZO ABE AND ROBERT KRAFT WHO TRAVELED ON AIR
FORCE ONE AND MARINE ONE. HOW UNPRECEDENTED IS THIS?
>>I CAN’T THINK OF ANYTHING LIKE THIS THAT WE HAVE SEEN AT
ANY TIME IN THE MODERN ERA. >>Reporter: STEVE SOON SCOONER
SAYS WHAT IS SO DIFFERENT THAT UNLIKE PRESIDENT BUSCH’S TRIPS
OR PRESIDENT OBAMA’S TRIPS TO MARTHA’S VINEYARD, HE’S VISITING
A PRIVATELY OWNED FAMILY BUSINESS TO MINGLE WITH CLUB
OWNERS WHERE HE CAN PAY MONEY JUST TO JOIN.
>>THE PRESIDENT SHOULD HAVE INVESTED IN PROPERTIES TO BEGIN
WITH. HE SHOULDN’T BE TRAVELING THERE
ON A REGULAR BASIS ON THE PUBLIC’S DIME AND DRIVING
BUSINESS TO HIS OWN COMMERCIAL INTEREST.
>>Reporter: SHINZO ABE’S TRIP WAS A PERSONAL GIFT FROM THE
PRESIDENT HIMSELF AND THE PLAN IS TO DO SO FOR OTHER FOREIGN
OFFICIALS. FOR TRANSPORTATION, SECRET
SERVICE PROTECTION, MILITARY SUPPORT AND THE COAST GUARD ARE
ALL PAID FOR WITH TAXPAYERS’ MONEY.
THE WHITE HOUSE WON’T SAY EXACTLY HOW MUCH, BUT THE
GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE ESTIMATED THAT A WEEKEND TRIP IN
2013 BY PRESIDENT OBAMA TO CHICAGO AND SOUTH FLORIDA COST
ABOUT $3.6 MILLION. THE COST FOR AIR FORCE ONE
ALONE, $142,000 AN HOUR. >>THIS IS WHERE HE GOES TO SEE
HIS FAMILY, HE BRINGS PEOPLE DOWN THERE.
THIS IS PART OF BEING PRESIDENT.>>Reporter: BUT CRITICS
INCLUDING A CONSERVATIVE BUDGET WATCHDOG GROUP SAY THE FREQUENT
TRIPS COST TOO MUCH. >>THERE’S ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT.
AND THE PRESIDENT SHOULD DO WELL TO FIGURE OUT WAYS TO SAVE MONEY
FOR THE TAXPAYER IN THE WHITE HOUSE OPERATIONS.
AND MOVING THEM AROUND. >>Reporter: EVERY TIME THE
PRESIDENT VISITS, HOW MUCH DOES IT COST YOUR DEPARTMENT?
>>IT’S ABOUT $60,000 A DAY. >>Reporter: PALM BEACH COUNTY
SHERIFF RICK BRADSHAW SAYS THAT ADDED UP TO $2 MILLION SINCE THE
INAUGURATION. >>WE CAN SUSTAIN THIS A WHILE
LONGER. IF IT GOES MANY MORE MONTHS,
THEN WE HAVE TO MAKE DECISIONS ON TALKING WITH THE COUNTY TO
GET CONTINGENCY FUNDS. >>Reporter: IN THE EIGHT YEARS
OF HIS PRESIDENCY, BARACK OBAMA’S TOTAL COSTS WERE AT
LEAST $97 MILLION. AT THE CURRENT RATE, THE COST OF
PRESIDENT TRUMP’S TRAVEL COULD WELL EXCEED THAT.
BUT WHAT ALL THIS REALLY ADDS UP TO, ETHICS WATCHDOGS SAY, IS A
PRESIDENT SPENDING LOTS OF TAXPAYER MONEY TO CONDUCT
PRESIDENTIAL BUSINESS WHILE PROMOTING HIS FAMILY’S BUSINESS
AT THE SAME TIME. >>THIS IS A PRIVATELY-OWNED
CLUB. AND FOR ALL INTENTS AND
PURPOSES, WAS JUST ANOTHER GULF PROPERTY IN FLORIDA BEFORE THAT
ALMOST NOW IS SOMETHING THAT AMERICANS IMMEDIATELY RECOGNIZE,
IMAGINE WHAT YOU WOULD HAVE TO PAY TO GET THAT KIND OF BRAND
RECOGNITION. THAT’S EXTRAORDINARY.
>>Reporter: AT THE REQUEST OF SENATE DEMOCRATS, THE GAL WILL
REVIEW THE MAR-A-LAGO COSTS TO FIND OUT IF THEY ARE FAIR AND
REASONABLE. OFFICIALS HERE IN PALM BEACH AND
NEW YORK WHERE TRUMP TOWER ARE LOCATED, WHEN ASKED WHEN THEY
WILL BE REIMBURSED, THEY HAVE NOT OFFICIALLY HEARD BACK.
AND ONE LOCAL COUNTY COMMISSIONER IS LOOKING INTO THE
POSSIBILITY OF EXTRA TAXES ON THE MAR-A-LAGO P

100 thoughts on “How Much President Trump’s Trips To Mar-a-Lago Are Costing Taxpayers | TODAY

  1. I don't mind tax-payer money going to Trump because he's working. Obama used tax-payer money and did nothing for 8 yrs.Plus Trump is not taking a salary.

  2. even if they were staying in Washington it would cost. Get over it! Hes not even taking a salary. In Obamas travel 97 million none conducted presidential business

  3. Your kidding……why don't you add up ohbummers trips….plus all obummers party's plus cigarettes plus alcohol which he used tax payers dollars….you are kidding………plus he is working something ohbummer never did ever

  4. Yea we get it, you FAKE NEWS ACTORS Hate the President of the United States. What's more Communist then that?

  5. Awww SHUT UP! Pres. Trump works while he's in Mar-A-Lago. Obama spent billions on continuous lavish vacations and no one raised an eyebrow. You don't deserve a good president. Tax payer money funds ISIS, thanks to Obama and Clinton… but that's Ok, right? Pelosi uses a military plane going back and forth to CA but that's alright, too. You so called journalists make me sick.

  6. For the Average Person in America. This is a lot of money, But for a president it is absolutely necessary, It is not how you save, its about how you earn.

  7. Stupid yellow journalism…commonly referred to as fake news, worries about the small change President Trump spends, yet never uttered a single syllable in reference to the trillions of American tax dollars Obama spent, stole or wasted during his catastrophic reign.

  8. It is not a POTUS thing , it is the taxpayers who need to be accountable to. he can do, he can say, he can whatever. He and anyone before him or after him needs to be held accountable. Deals at mar-a lago are deals. This is obviously The Apprentice LIVE on memorex for all of us to feel , maybe witness… because it is still hush hush on so many instances. Country before Party I say. But you will have those who will go to the ends of the earth to defend the indefensible.

  9. Treasonous Trump is the most corrupt politician in American history.
    Lock him up! Lock him up! Lock him up!

  10. This is a lie, Donald Trump is not taking pay to be president, and he is using his own jets to fly on, and he owns Mar a largo…he doesn't need their money! I am so sick of these attacks and lies from these evil people.

  11. Okay "Trumpsters". Still support him now? Really, what is it going to take?! How many Lies and BS and "acting jobs" (Toot! Toot!) and grandstanding and breaking the Rules and Nepotism and egotistical rants and obnoxious Tweets and disrespectful behavior and and and ….. Really. Exactly WHAT is it going to take ?!?! What has he NOT done that keeps you blindly believing like Cows over a Cliff led by this Cowboy?

  12. hes worth every penny…………unlike the dark nightmare trump has saved taxpayers more in one day than any president since calvin cooledge

  13. hilarious they get an jew ethics expert  from a liberal college to lecture us on ethics ????????????????????????????????? give us a break SCREW YOU TODAY

  14. SO FUNNY LIBERAL MEDIA CARING ABOUT WHAT THE TAXPAYER SPENDS???????????????????????? THEY NEED TO CHECK IN TO A PSYCO WARD

  15. Despicable leftist bias on the part of TODAY.   Did this Hispanic "journalist" calculate what it costs taxpayers to send the kids of illegal immigrants to school?   Was he complaining about cost when the Obamas vacationed for weeks at a time in Hawaii?

  16. I support Trump, however, if he continues breaking his pledge to work from the White House he will lose my vote next time around.

  17. Why don't the Democratic's look at the expenses Obama's whole family has spent of the Government's $$ & Clinton's have taken!!!

  18. Trumpfucks should foot the bill for these trips, along with the millions spent so Melania can live at Trump Tower.

  19. this is why those clueless morons who voted for this buffoon shouldnt be allowed to ever vote again, what a bunch of uneducated MORONS

  20. Difference is he actually works at Mar A Lago vs when Obama would go on vacation is he would only go on vacation and not working at all.

  21. He spent 108 days at his properties costing tax payers 3 million a trip not including what it costs for the police  that's over 3 months out of 12 in office playing golf . So that's over 324 million already that tax payers must pick up . This isn't including what his kids cost globe hoping as the secret service must watch them . What he already cost us could go  into what he is taking from the programs he cutting for costs .

  22. All the hard work was done when Mr. Obama was in office so it gives this doofus nothing but time to travel to his dumps that he would never visit more than once a year on his on money.

  23. its all good. Trump made back all those expenses by cutting it from the UN budget…to the tune of roughly $500 million USD. I don't see any news coverage on that item…how inconvenient to Trump!

  24. The hardest part of this political mess is trying to convince hard core Trump supporters that Trump isn't interested in helping anyone but himself, his family and his rich friends. I hope that you'll watch enough of these videos to get a good look at what you voted for. That doesn't mean you have to keep supporting him. Support your country and the things is represents and don't let this clown succeed in bringing down our democracy. Don't believe for a minute that just because Trump help's the rich to get richer, that will translate to the rich passing it along to the rest of us. Trickle down economics is a republican wet dream and it's never worked.

  25. Trump owns the place. He doesn't have to charge but that means he wouldn't be profiting from the taxpayers. Conflict of interest bi time.

  26. So many comments that he’s not taking a salary. Doing these weekend trips, he’s making way more money off of taxpayers then he would be if he was taking that salary.

  27. I hope they tax him out of town!! This is exactly what I mean when I say, in my 75 years I have seen a lot out of trump.This is a guy has not lived an honest, moral day in his adult life. He thinks laws and rules are for people like his cult members. This is also why Robert Mueller will find all the criminal deals trump doesn't want him to find. I don't know how he has got away with the awful things he has got away with, for so long!! It is no wonder trump panics every day, he knows what he has done to continually break the law!! It has been his aim to skim every red cent he can off us tax payers, all along. In 2000 he bragged that he was the only person who could run for president and make money off it. My question is, what are the Republican's and Democrats waiting for, there seems to me to be plenty impeachable fodder for them!! I figured as soon as the Republicans got their big deal through, they'd toss him under the bus!! He is such a horrid individual, it is way past time for Karma to raise up and take a huge bite out of his big, fat, lazy butt, Karma has a name, it is Robert Mueller!!

  28. He is not accepting presidential pay. All you government connected parasites are worried about losing your gravy train. GOOD FOR YOU PRESIDENT TRUMP!!!!🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸😓🇺🇸🇺🇸

  29. Yeah that's right he's a rich business man. The American Dream on action. He also considers all is citizens and thier jobs respectable unlike the parasites looking down thier noses trying to replace is with foreigners who hate us!!!!! GO PRESIDEMT TRUMP!!!!!!!🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

  30. He give money to the people not you for children sick or for st Jose We the people live are trump and work all time

  31. if you are a Trump supporter then live for the moment cause when the truth comes to light, Donald, Donald jr.,Jerrod, Ivanka, John Kelly, Melania will all be facing charges and you can bet dollars to doughnuts Senior will throw them all under the bus.

  32. It is just disgusting to hear him calling his privately owned business resort the southern white house….make no mistake he is promoting his own business for his own profit at the expense of the american people. He is doing his own business every single weekend.

  33. Trump is destroying Americas country but that's what the JACKASSES from the ELECTORAL COLLEGE REPRESENTATIVES decided !!!!!

  34. NOW would be a good time for the State of Florida to QUADRUPLE the Property Taxes on the Mar a Lago property!!!!

  35. "It's my gift to him". Not really. The club members are paying, not Trump. Their annual dues and the profit from their meals pays for all this, plus a profit in Donnie's pocket.

  36. obama went golfing for one full year out of eight, what was the cost there. ten times more then trump.

  37. Not close to what the Obama's Spent and even the Clinton's. You do know he doesn't take a salary .Liberal Lunatics

  38. Oh dear lord… he already had the recognition… but that's true there is probably a lot of fat that can be trimmed and had better be for the future

  39. Why doesn't anybody say no to this man. There must be somebody in charge of travel and reservations. Who approves his trips. Anybody? This just isn't acceptable. I am starving to death. And the president is wasting what little money I have. Has anybody sued him yet for the emoluments clause violations? That is a reason for impeachment, and you already have the proof in the paper trail that's already in your hands. We are stuck with this president because that house staff does not do their job. Where are the checks and balances of our government?

  40. President Trump's Salary is One Dollar a year! And Obama is still using government $$$ for security as he and his family travels around the world for speeches and tours….on his never ending apology tour!! Why wasn't that mentioned!? 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

  41. Half his weekends since being elected?! #£<€¥!! How many vacations do you get at your jobs my fellow working Americans? I really hope you all can elect better representatives on a local level because that is how we ended up in this BS situation in the first place. Please learn about politics or do not vote! You cannot just vote on a party for party’s sake and expect that you’re always going to get good results. Pay attention to the details and stop being so smug about your parties. Being conservative or liberal makes no difference, what makes a difference is knowing the issues and understanding what it takes to fix issues. Not cause more of them. The political circus needs to end.

  42. Idiotic media again. He doesn’t need more recognition in his brand or money. He made at least $200mil annual income before running. How much business did he lost when he ran for office? All contracts were cancelled. They boycotted the Trump organization, cancelled leases. If I was to pick a business partner, I would pick a partner that has everything and show successful. By having these leaders to mar a lago, shows our leader’s success and competence to other leaders from other countries, that impression lead to success in making deals with other countries and our president wins negotiations. Those cost is very minimal comparing to the increase in GDP from results of these deal he has done and will be done.

  43. You Americans are so stupid. He doesn't go down there to play golf. Just like in Asia these old guys head of to their private clubs to bang high-price hookers after the 18 tee. Trump only goes to his own clubs and always 'heads' off to 'shower' and get 'changed' after each round.

  44. Trumps trips are nothing compared to Obamas waste of taxpayers money. The obamas spent money faster than the Fed Reserve could print it. Wish they'd just disappear

  45. Obamas trips over the course of 8yrs cost the American tax payer over $100m. Their annual vacation to Hawaii each year cost us $5m per trip alone, that's $40m right there !

    So far the Trumps have cost the American tax payer just $10m …. Big Difference !

    You might also want to remember that Trump isn't taking a paycheck either !

  46. Not afraid of higher taxes, it's pooled money for shared community assets, such as repaired roads and teaching children art and physical education in public schools. Basics that make both local communities and the nation stronger.

  47. Liberal media bias. It's none of your business how much it cost it's just a fraction of taxpayers money in compared in what the Bush & Obama administration squandered in the middles throughout the years.

  48. No One Cares!!! WELL DESERVE FOR SURE!!!! Not as much as onama amd hillarys payoffs and payouts!!!! WELL SECURITY ISNT CHEAP!! THE LEFTS FAULT.

  49. WE ARE HAPPY TO DO SO!!!! YESSSDDD GREAT PRESIDENT. ONLY PRESENT PRESIDENT THEY SQUACK ABOUT!!!! NOPE TARRIFFS AND OIL AMD ALL THE REVENUE ARE SUPPOSE TO PAY FOR IT ALL. YOI ALL ARE DISGRACEFUL AMD UNGREATFUL

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