It’s no secret by now that the Trump family has cost taxpayers a large amount of money in just the time that he has been president. By August of 2017, the president had already depleted the Secret Service’s annual funds. At the time, Conservative David Frum even tweeted:
‘No president in history has imposed larger personal lifestyle costs on the taxpayer than Donald Trump.’
Pricey trips according to Frum include include weekend trips to Trump-owned golf resorts in Palm Beach, Fla., Sterling, Va., and Bedminster, N.J. Frum says that “personal lifestyle costs’ exclude work trips or presidential residences where security costs are fixed.
According to Politifact:
‘Trump has left the White House more often at this point in his presidency than other modern presidents, according to CBS White House correspondent Mark Knoller, and the cost of protecting Trump while he’s away is not cheap.’
This week, Trump’s son’s, Donald Jr. and Eric Trump, went on a trip to Dubai costing taxpayers a minimum of $73,000 in security costs. According to purchase orders received by CBS News, costs for the U.S. Secret Service include hotels for the agents to stay close to Trump property and car service for the trip from March 26 through April 8.
What is worse is that this was a family trip unrelated to any government work. Secret Service spokesperson Mason Brayman emailed CBS News saying:
‘The Secret Service is conducting a protective operation in the UAE. As a matter of practice we do not comment on the specifics of protectee’s trips.’
According to CBS:
‘Eric and Donald Trump Jr. traveled to Dubai to spend time with the Trump Organization’s Middle East business partner Hussain Sajwani and his family. Sajwani’s daughter is getting married, according to the Trump Organization and tweets from Sajwani.’
On Friday, Sajwani tweeted a picture of himself with Trump’s sons, saying:
‘Yesterday, I was delighted to host my dear friends and business partners @donaldjtrumpjr & @erictrump for a very special occasion in my family’s life.’
Twitter responded not too kindly to Sajwani’s photo tweet:
A spokeswoman for the Trump family also told CBS News that they went to Dubai to visit “the team at Trump International Golf Club, Dubai.” Nearby, the Trump World Golf Club is also under construction there, which was designed by Tiger Woods.
The Trump sons seem to be doing less travelling than they did in 2017. Donald Trump Jr. previously took a trip this year to India. CBS reported:
‘Ivanka and Jared Kushner recently took the Trump Organization aircraft to Wyoming for a getaway with the extended Kushner family. The local mayor of Cheyenne, Wyoming, was invited onto the plane and posted pictures to Twitter.
‘CBS News previously reported that the extended Trump family vacation to Aspen, Colorado, during last year’s spring break costin taxpayer funds for security costs.’
If Trump lasts until 2020, imagine how much his family will have cost taxpayers by that time. He is draining America in so many ways and hopefully, the nightmare will be over sooner than later.
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