A Democratic congressman introduced a new bill that would make President Donald Trump pay for his own visits to his private properties.
Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) introduced the SWAMP – Stop Waste and Misuse by the President Act- a new bill that would put the financial burden on President Donald Trump whenever he visits his own properties. This would also reimburse taxpayers for the millions of dollars they collectively spent on Trump’s trips to his own properties- including Mar-A-lago.
Lieu’s new bill said: “President Trump is on track to spend more during his first year of office than all eight years of the Obama administration combined.”
The bill also argued that “it is unacceptable for the President to maintain an interest in traveling to properties in which he has a direct financial interest, as the U.S. Government is responsible for renting space for personnel in said private commercial entities.”
Criticism of presidents’ vacation trips is far from new in US presidential history. According to The Washington Post, in his eight years of presidency, George Bush took a total of 879 vacation days, whereas Obama, as of August 2014, had taken only 150 days.
Former Republican Party Chairman Frank Visco told CBS Los Angeles: “This is about a man who’s trying to demonize Donald Trump because he happens to be a billionaire, he has hotels.” He also said that the bill won’t likely pass.
Donald Trump’s Trips
According to the Huffington Post, each Mar-a-Lago trip the president takes costs around $3.7 million in just security costs alone. It also costs around $34,000 on golf car rentals ordered by the Secret Service.
The website IsTrumpAtMarALago.com tracks how often the President travels to Mar-A-Lago. It also compares the amount of taxpayer dollars spent on his trips versus taxpayer dollars spent on Meals on Wheels, School Lunch, Medicaid, Homelessness Aid, Nutrition Assistance, Public School Funding, Pell Grants and National Park Service.
“It’s supremely hypocritical of Donald Trump to spend millions of government dollars at Mar-a-Lago while crusading to cut vital programs such as Meals on Wheels,” said Morgan Finkelstein, a CAP Action spokeswoman, in a press release. “Our tracker will provide context and keep Trump accountable for his out-of-control spending at taxpayers’ expense.”
The president’s trips to Trump Tower in New York have reportedly also reached over $20 million dollars.