Tuesday, April 11, 2017

FORTUNE: Trump’s Travel Spending for One Year Could Surpass Expenses For Obama’s Entire Term
One year’s worth of travel expenses for President Donald Trump looks likely to surpass spending for the entire eight-year term of his predecessor Barack Obama, having already cost American taxpayers an estimated $20 million in his first 80 days alone.

CNN reports that Trump’s frequent visits to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida—where he has hosted world leaders including Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping—have already racked up a bill of about $21.6 million.

The costs are estimated based on a 2016 accountability report finding that a four-day trip by Obama in 2013 cost $3.6 million, mostly spent on providing Secret Service and Coast Guard services. Despite Trump’s apparent outsized expenditures, he has long cast criticism on Obama for traveling on the taxpayer’s dime.
Almost sounds like a gotcha game, CNN reported on this on TV and showed a long ago tweet of Trump - back when he was still a private citizen - criticizing President Obama's spending.