- New records show that President Donald Trump’s known political and leisure travel costs now total to over $13 million.
- Several flights he took in the latter half of 2017 alone amounted over $3 million.
- He is on track to outpace former President Barack Obama in terms of the travel costs accrued per year.
Newly released records show that President Donald Trump’s flights to his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey cost taxpayers $15,994 per hour, and his recent flights have racked up a total of over $3 million dollars – and that’s not even taking into account trips he made in the first six months of his presidency.
According to records obtained by Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group, the domestic flights that Trump took in the second half of 2017 alone cost taxpayers a total of $3,199,188.30. Trump took these trips either by himself or with members of his family, flying to Bedminister, New Jersey; New York City; Yuma, Arizona; Springfield, Missouri; and Huntsville, Alabama between June and October 2017.
A previous record disclosure from Judicial Watch revealed that two trips Trump took to Mar-a-Lago in Florida in April 2017 cost a combined total of $1,124,802.
Added to previously available flight expenses, the total for all of Trump’s political and leisure travel now sits at $13,533,937.28.
Compared to the travel expenses of former President Barack Obama and his family that totaled $114,691,322.17, Trump still lags far behind in his totals. But considering that Obama’s travels every fiscal year from 2015 to 2017 amounted to just around $1 million, Trump is on track to far outpace his predecessor.
Since his inauguration, taxpayers have paid almost $50 million in total for Trump’s 91 golf trips so far.