Almost every weekend since taking office President Donald Trump has taken a vacation at his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach. A vacation that costs taxpayers $3 million a weekend. However, Trump is telling the American people that the government must cut spending drastically.
“Unfortunately, the budget we’re essentially inheriting is a mess. The finances of our country are a mess,” Trump told reporters before meeting with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney. “We must do a lot more with less.”
CNN’s Jake Tapper wasn’t having it and was quick to point out the hypocrisy in asking the American people to accept cuts to critical services while Trump himself costs them upwards of $12 million a month to play golf.
“Do a lot more with less,” Tapper said. “Presidents are certainly entitled to take a day off, but any deficit hawk would ask, ‘is a weekly trip to Palm Beach by the president doing a lot more with less?’ He takes Marine One, Air Force One, and motorcades to get the president to his posh oceanside estate with intense secret service protection. There is another retreat much closer and cheaper. That, of course, would be Camp David. It is already set up to be a working White House and has security protocols in place 24/7.”
Trump’s administration has proposed cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency at 30 percent, bringing the overall budget to $9.8 billion, a cut that could be lessened if Trump simply cut out some trips to his resort, Trump’s trips are actually killing the planet.
Trump’s aides have been caught lying about the frequency of Trump’s golf outings, something that the president previously mocked former president Barack Obama over. On the campaign trail, Trump even commented he would not have time to play golf because he would be so busy “making America great again.”
Rather than standing by his campaign promise, Trump is spending more time on the links with pro golfers than he is in the White House itself, and as Tapper made clear, he is costing the American people valuable tax dollars to do so.
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Dan Arel is a bestselling author of The Secular Activist; and Parenting Without God. He is an award-winning journalist and host of the Danthropology Podcast.