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Tue Feb 5, 2019, 07:48 PM

Report Shows Taxpayers Paid at Least $13.6 Million for Just 4 of Trump's Trips to Mar-a-Lago

As Donald Trump tries to get taxpayers to fund the border wall that Mexico was supposed to pay for, a new government report shows that taxpayers have already paid over $13.6 million dollars for just four of Trump’s trips to Mar-a-Lago.

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) analyzed travel costs for 4 trips to Mar-a-Lago between February 3 and March 5, 2017, and here’s what they found:

GAO estimated that federal agencies incurred costs of about $13.6 million for the President’s four trips to Mar-a-Lago from February 3 through March 5, 2017. This estimate consisted of approximately $10.6 million for operating costs of government aircraft and boats and $3 million for temporary duty costs of government personnel supporting the President’s travel, including transportation, lodging, and meals and incidental expenses.

Oh, and about those “lodging” costs: some of that was paid directly to Mar-a-Lago, which Trump owns:

We identified about $60,000 in expenses paid to Mar-a-Lago for these four trips. DOD lodging expenses of about $24,000 were within GSA limits of 300 percent of the per diem rate. DHS expenses of about $36,000 were for space required by the Secret Service for operational purposes.

Yes, Trump charged the Secret Service for the space they took up protecting him. The report also notes that these expenses don’t include “meals and incidental expenses, if any, that may have been incurred at the Mar-a-Lago club,” so if the Secret Service ate any hamberders, we paid for those too.


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marylandblue Feb 5 #1

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Tue Feb 5, 2019, 08:06 PM

1. We could have used that money as a downpayment on the wall.

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