Larry Shockey

Trump’s Golfing Weekends Cost Taxpayers $2 Million Each, and He’s on Par to Pass Obama!

Remember how the Orange One criticized 
President Obama for his golfing trips and
vacations? Well, what's sauce for the goose
apparently is NOT sauce for the gander--
especially if your last name starts with a
"T" and appears on merchandise and property
all over the world.

His weekend excursions to Mar-A-Lago cost
the taxpayers $2 Million each, and according
to the Post, "If Trump does play golf Sunday,
(he did) he will have played once every 5.3 
days of his presidency. If he keeps up that 
pace, he will have golfed 261 times by the 
end of his first term. (Obama golfed 333 
times over his two terms.)"

In case you were wondering . . .

The following article was originally printed
in the Washington Post on April 8, 2017.
April 8

This article has been updated.

For the 10th weekend in a row, President Trump is visiting a Trump-branded property — every weekend except the first two after his inauguration.

For the sixth weekend in a row, he’s golfing at one of those properties; he’s golfed on nine of those 10 weekends.

In total, Trump has spent time at one or more Trump-branded properties on 28 of the days he’s been president — meaning that he visits a property that’s part of his private business empire more than one-third of the days he’s been in office, or once every 2.8 days. The frequency at which he golfs is lower: He’s golfed on 17.9 percent of the days he’s been president, or about once every 5.6 days.

By comparison, Barack Obama golfed once every 8.8 days over the eight years that he was president. And he was excoriated by his political opponents for doing so — including, as is now well-known, by Trump.

Can you believe that,with all of the problems and difficulties facing the U.S., President Obama spent the day playing golf.Worse than Carter

Most of the visits Trump has made to Trump-branded properties were to Mar-a-Lago, where Trump this week hosted the president of China, Xi Jinping. He’ll stay at the resort through Sunday, and he may (as he did Saturday) head to Trump International Golf Course in Palm Beach, Fla. Trump’s team is cagey about when he actually plays golf, probably precisely because of the conflict between his words on the campaign trail and his behavior in office.

Update: He headed to the golf course on Sunday, too.

Mar-a-Lago is a members-only facility, with those who pay the steep initiation fee suddenly gaining occasional proximity to the president and, at times, his Cabinet and senior staff. This week, ProPublica reported that the wall that Trump insisted would be built between himself and his business interests is fairly porous, with Trump able to receive money from the Trump Organization as he wishes. The free advertising his properties have received from his visit — his golf club in Virginia, his hotel in downtown Washington — probably help boost those businesses’ bottom lines, and, ultimately, his own.

Protesters and supporters line Trump’s motorcade route

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President Trump was met by protesters and supporters as his motorcade made its way to a golf course at Trump International Golf Club in Palm Beach, Fla. (Reuters)

These trips aren’t free, of course. Each weekend trip to Mar-a-Lago costs taxpayers an estimated $2 million. The extended trip this week for the Xi visit certainly cost more, particularly given the added security concerns.

If Trump does play golf Sunday, he will have played once every 5.3 days of his presidency. If he keeps up that pace, he will have golfed 261 times by the end of his first term. (Obama golfed 333 times over his two terms.) Update: With his Sunday outing, Trump is on pace to pass Obama’s in only five years, compared to Obama’s eight.

If he continues to visit Trump properties at his current pace, he will have done so on 524 days of the 1,461 days between his inauguration and Jan. 20, 2021. That’s a lot of free advertising.

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