In 2015, the latest year for which figures are available, the median annual household income in the United States was just $56,516. In just five months in office, President Trump has alreadyspent over twice that much on furniture and other home furnishings for the White House alone – all with tax payer money.
According to a Mic report, “Federal procurement records for the Executive Office of the President show that through May 31, Trump spent $133,053.95 on office furnishings versus the $51,204.25 clocked by Obama’s office during his first five months on the job.”
For those unmoved my words, Mic has pictures, too.
Trump’s flippancy with tax payer money is a bit surprising, given the amount of time he spent badgering President Obama for otherwise routine expenditures any normal President accrues.
Also, as he never hesitated to remind us during the campaign, Trump is quite wealthy, and he could have easily paid for the remodeling himself with the change underneath the cushions of his infamous golden chairs, we’re to believe.
Republicans love to chide anyone who compare President Trump to President Nixon. That’s understandable. No child dreams of growing-up to be like Tricky Dick. And so we’re happy to concede here that, in at least one way, Trump is nothing like Nixon.
Nixon spent a small fortune remodeling the West Wing after only a year in office. The difference? Nixon paid for much of the furniture himself.
Peter Mellado is a writer, producer, and a branding and messaging specialist with over 15 years experience. He studied history at San Jose State University, and resides in Los Angeles.