Donald Trump and his family have already cost taxpayers far more than they should have with their lavish lifestyle and tendency to leave the White House every chance they get. Between First Lady Melania living at the Trump Tower in New York City and Trump’s expensive golf getaways at Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s presidency is shaping up to be the most costly term America has ever had to endure. Unfortunately, the latest details about the Trumps’ careless, selfish behavior reveals that it isn’t just the POTUS draining taxpayers’ wallets.
Apparently, Melania decided to take a separate aircraft to Mar-a-Lago this weekend, which cost taxpayers an extra $100,000 – on top of Trump’s running travel tab.
Melania traveled via a government aircraft to West Palm Beach yesterday, landing at about 6:30pm – literally minutes before Trump landed on Air Force One. The aircraft Melania flew in on costs $15,846 an hour to operate.
Trump’s vacations have been a hot topic of discussion, as the New York Times reported that Trump has spent almost a third of his short presidency at one of his properties. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has tried to defend these costly trips, stating that Mar-a-Lago is “is where he goes to see his family. He brings people down there. This is part of being president.”
In response to Trump’s travel, George Washington Law School professor Steve Schooner said, “I can’t think of anything like this that we’ve seen at anytime in the modern era.”
“It’s just another example of his consistent efforts to exploit public office for private gain. He’s using his official office and the fact that people have to travel with him, meet him, and follow him to promote his commercial enterprise, in this case his privately owned club.”
And apparently, Trump’s got Melania on board with screwing over taxpayers in Florida, who are already struggling over the millions of dollars Trump has already cost them.
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