I Need To Address Trump’s Frequent Visits To Mar-a-Lago

Mockarena, Co-Founder

So, this may be an unpopular opinion with die-hard Trump supporters, but it needs to be said.  I’m getting sick and tired of Trump’s constant trips to Mar-a-Lago.

According to the sourcelink, at the rate Trump is traveling to his private club in Florida, he will spend more on travel THIS YEAR ALONE than Obama did during his entire 8 years as President, and if you recall, there were plenty of us bitching about Obama’s travel as it happened.

In fact, one of the folks who bitched the loudest about it was Trump himself.  He tweeted during Obama’s tenure, “President @BarackObama’s vacation is costing taxpayers millions of dollars – Unbelievable!”

He also went after Obama (as did a lot of us) for the amount of golf Obama played:

In October 2014, he tweeted: ‘Can you believe that, with all of the problems and difficulties facing the US, President Obama spent the day playing golf. Worse than Carter.’

During a campaign rally last year, Trump referred to his golf courses when he criticized Obama.

He said: ‘You know what – and I love golf – but if I were in the White House, I don’t think I’d ever see Turnberry again, I don’t think I’d ever see Doral again, I own Doral in Miami, I don’t think I’d ever see many of the places that I have.

‘I don’t ever think that I’d see anything, I just wanna stay in the White House and work my ass off, make great deals, right? Who’s gonna leave? I mean, who’s gonna leave?’

He also told supporters in Virginia: ‘I’m going to be working for you. I’m not going to have time to play golf.’

So yeah.  Trump is a total hypocrite on this issue, and frankly, I’m getting tired of it not being addressed.

Before you go all, “But he’s not taking a salary!” let me just remind you that a presidential salary is less than 500k annually.   It costs us, the taxpayers, in excess of THREE MILLION DOLLARS every time Trump goes to his fancy resort.  And so far, even though it’s not even mid April yet, and he wasn’t inaugurated until late January, Trump has managed to spend SEVEN WEEKENDS at Mar-a-Lago.  He has played 17 rounds of golf, despite all of the proclamations above that he’d never have time to play because he’d be “too busy working for us.”

I’m sorry, but that’s indefensible.  Unless he’s paying the $3.3 million dollars PER TRIP it takes to travel to Mar-a-Lago out of his own pocket, I fail to see how he can defend this after being so critical of the former president.

And listen – I’m not suggesting he’s not working hard.  It’s obvious that he is.  That’s not my issue.  My issue is that he’s spending waaaaaaaaaaaaay too much tax payer money doing it.  Unnecessarily.  He has access to Camp David, which comes with a far smaller price tag, but nope.  He’s gotta have his swank gold resort, I guess.  Who cares what it costs us?

Judicial Watch’s CEO put it well:

The president is going to have to be sensitive to the cost of travelling around. I appreciate he wants to go home to Mar-a-Lago every weekend but it is costly to do so and the work he does there he can do elsewhere.

MEANWHILE, it’s costing up to $146,000 PER DAY to provide security for Melania and Barron Trump at Trump Tower in New York.  I don’t begrudge them this expense, because Barron is finishing school there, and they’ll soon move to the White House.  But KNOWING that they’re costing taxpayers money for that choice, shouldn’t President Trump be a little more thoughtful about where he spends HIS OWN time?

I’m tired of the lack of accountability on this issue.  I can’t be the only conservative who feels this way.