Is it fair to make taxpayers pay for President Trump's trips to Mar-a-Lago? | The Tylt

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The president's frequent trips to his Florida estate, Mar-a-Lago, have long drawn criticism from the public. A recent study by an independent watchdog group found that each of the president's trips to Florida has cost taxpayers roughly $3.4 million per visit, some of which is being paid directly to Trump's estate. Even the record long government shutdown didn't prevent the president from throwing a lavish, and expensive, New Years Eve party at his estate. Trump says he frequently works at the estate and his trips are justified. What do you think?

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A recent study done by the independent Government Accountability Office looked into the cost of the president's trips to Mar-a-Lago, specifically focusing on four weekend-long trips in the spring of 2017. Per the Washington Post

The total? Just under $14 million, for an average cost of $3.4 million per trip. That includes about $8.5 million spent by the Defense Department and $5 million by the Department of Homeland Security. It also includes about $60,000 paid directly to Mar-a-Lago itself, $24,000 of which was for lodging for Defense Department personnel and $36,000 for operational space used by DHS.
...Although that figure is higher than the $25 million the [Mueller] inquiry — involving Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign — is reported to cost, it’s clearly substantially lower than the amount that probably has been spent on Trump’s trips to Palm Beach. Given that the Mueller investigation has also probably paid for itself, given the assets it has seized from Paul Manafort in particular, there’s not really any comparison.
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Even the government shutdown didn't prevent the president from heading to Mar-a-Lago and spending hundreds of thousands of dollars of taxpayer dollars. Rolling Stone reports: 

As was noted by Quartz this week, government spending data shows that the Secret Service paid Grimes Events & Party Tents Inc. of Delray Beach, Florida, $54,020 on December 19th for “TENT RENTAL FOR MAL.” An employee of the company confirmed to Quartz that it is providing tents for the annual for-profit bash at Trump’s “Winter White House” in Palm Beach.
Americans chipping in to help Trump and the Palm Beach elite turn over their calendars isn’t unique to this year. The Secret Service spent just over $26,000 on an array of accessories for Mar-a-Lago’s New Year’s Eve party in 2017, which was attended by both Trump and Melania. Though it’s never not going to be a conflict of interest when the president has taxpayers subsidize a for-profit party at his private club, $54,000 for tents feels especially egregious given that the government is currently running under a partial shutdown that has deprived approximately 800,000 federal workers of their paychecks.
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The president has frequently called attention to the frequency with which other presidents took vacations. 

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Trump frequently claims to be making large business deals while at Mar-a-Lago.

FINAL RESULTS
Is it fair to make taxpayers pay for President Trump's trips to Mar-a-Lago?
A festive crown for the winner
#StopPayingForVacation
#LeadersNeedRest