Donald Trump And Family Taking Advantage Of American Taxpayers With Lavish Living Style
I was in high school when President Jimmy Carter, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, and Israeli Prime minister Menachem Begin held a historic summit meeting at Camp David. I recall feeling at the time, given all the video and newspaper images from this presidential retreat, that this location must be quite wonderful. Over the years I have grown even more attached to the history of Camp David and know it should suit anyone who resides in the White House. After all there is the presidential helicopter available for transport, chefs prepare meals, plenty of hiking paths abound, and all that fresh air would make it ideal for any leader of this country who needs a break from the fast-pace of living in Washington, D.C.
There is also for the taxpayers a dividend in that this place is already paid for and has all the safety measures and communication capabilities needed for the leader of the free world. Citizens have no eagerness to deny our presidents a place to relax and recharge the batteries. Camp David seems simply perfect.
But that is not the way Donald Trump sees things.
For the third straight weekend Trump traveled to his oceanfront Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida. Also this weekend Trump’s sons Eric and Don Jr., with their Secret Service details in tow, traveled 8,000 miles to the United Arab Emirates where they attended the grand opening of a Trump-brand golf resort in the “Beverly Hills of Dubai.” Meanwhile, New York police kept watch outside Trump Tower in Manhattan, the chosen home of first Lady Melania and son Barron.
Hold on, I am not finished yet! In the tiny township of Bedminster, New Jersey they are preparing for the local Trump golf course to serve as a sort of northern White House for as many as 10 weekends a year!
Let me he honest with a non-partisan fact. The Trumps have an unusually elaborate lifestyle that is taking great swaths of the Secret Service staff for their use while creating financial and logistical concerns. The costs for these outlandish excursions and expectations is costing far more than that of your average president. The estimates are that all the travel and security costs will balloon into the hundreds of millions of dollars over the course of a four-year term.
Trump’s three Mar-a-Lago trips since the inauguration have probably cost the federal treasury about $10 million. Palm Beach County officials plan to ask Washington to reimburse tens of thousands of dollars a day in expenses for deputies handling added security and traffic issues around the cramped Florida island whenever Trump is in town. In New York, the city is paying $500,000 a day to guard Trump Tower, according to police officials’ estimates, an amount that could reach $183 million a year. This month it was reported that Secret Service and U.S. Embassy staffers paid nearly $100,000 in hotel-room bills to support Eric Trump’s trip to promote a Trump-brand condo tower in Uruguay.
And we are just starting the second month of this type of extravagant spending.
As noted often on this blog–and above in this post–I do not begrudge elected officials taking vacations and unwinding. Lord knows they need to have free time to relax. But at the same time citizens and taxpayers do not like to be taken advantage of in the way described above. The Trump family has made an art form of making money. Good for them. But the American taxpayer’s pocket should not be the newest source for their greedy hands.