Trump Wants Your Money to Fund His Mar-a-Lago Golf Trips

Last month President Donald Trump unveiled his new budget plan. Unsurprisingly, it consists of an incredible number of funding cuts. Most notably, the plan will slash the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget by a third and the Department of Education’s by more than 13 percent.

Trump’s contentious budget also included a wish list of other programs he would like to wholly defund. As Care2 has reported, this would include Meals on Wheels, a program that feeds almost 2.5 million Americans who would otherwise be unable to access nutritious food.

The National Endowment for the Arts and The National Endowment for Humanities, crucial programs that sponsor art and culture across the country, are in Trump’s crosshairs too. Similarly, public broadcasters NPR and PBS may also be getting the ax.

As Trump pushes for these draconian budget cuts, he has somehow found it necessary to utilize millions of taxpayer dollars to fund his frequent trips to Mar-a-Lago, his private golf resort located in Florida.

These trips typically cost around $3.6 million per jaunt. And this comes not only from his personal travel expenses, but also the extensive security detail that must follow Trump each time.

While that might not sound so bad on its own, since taking office, Trump has spent seven of 14 weekends in Mar-a-Lago – culminating in $25 million spent so he can hit the green.

This is particularly ironic as Trump, among his many criticisms of President Obama, tweeted that the then-president was spending too much time on the golf course, rather than taking care of important White House business:

One might wonder whether Trump could make better use of both his time and taxpayer dollars. Well, wonder no more — a clever new website dedicated to monitoring Trump’s Mar-a-Lago trips calculates how the associated costs could be applied to other programs.

For example, with the $25 million spent to send the president to the golf course, Meals on Wheels could cover the costs of 9,000 recipients for a whole year. As far as school lunches go — another program Trump and Republicans have expressed a desire to dismantle — 61,000 students could be fed for a year.

Federal homeless aid, which is headed to Trump’s budget chopping block, could be funded for six years. Pell Grants, intended for low-income college students, could be covered for 7,000 recipients.

To see a handful of other comparisons, take a look at IsTrumpAtMarALago.org.

Republicans often tout themselves as the party of fiscal responsibility — a supposed justification for the drastic budget slimming. However, when the leader of their party so flippantly burns through millions of taxpayer dollars to merely go on vacation, there are only two reasons available: startling cognitive dissonance or gross hypocrisy.

Either way, this use of taxpayer dollars is appalling and, frankly, offensive behavior from a president who is pushing aggressively for American citizens to embrace austerity. Perhaps Trump should lead by example.

Photo Credit: Michael Vadon / Wikimedia Commons

112 comments

Amanda M
Amanda M2 months ago

Twitler is nothing but an overgrown spoiled brat who never outgrew being the schoolyard bully. He has spent more taxpayer money and time playing at his private playground than Obama spent in a whole YEAR. You want to play golf on the weekends, Twitler? DO IT ON YOUR OWN DIME! Goddess knows he can afford it without us paying the freight!

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Jennifer H
Jennifer H2 months ago

I really don't see how anyone can be surprised about this. His entire election was run on greed. Do you think he would be doing this for the country? Heck,, no. He had a game plan from the beginning to make big money. The election was all about corporate profits -- especially his. Rules don't pertain to him. Look at the bombing without congress approval. He is in it for the money and narcissism.

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Rhoberta E
Rhoberta E3 months ago

I heard tonight that your state dept website had an "advertisement " for trumps place (Mar-a- Lago). Telling about all the dignitaries that have been there recently.
Needless to mention they were shamed into taking it down.
Can you say "conflict of interest"???

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Clare Newbury
Clare Newbury3 months ago

In one of the pre-election debates with Hillary, Trump said that if he's doing something wrong and he gets away with it, it means he is smart. If nobody stops him, then whatever he is doing wrong is their fault, not his. He is just smarter than they are. So he hates everyone who criticizes him, and he thinks everyone who enables him to keep doing illegal, unconstitutional, immoral, unwise things is stupid and weak. Well, maybe except for Ivanka and Jared. No wonder he is so intent on destroying our planet. He is driven by rage and contempt.

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Margie F
Margie FOURIE3 months ago

Wonder where the previous presidents got their funds from.

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Mark Spiegel
Mark Spiegel3 months ago

And why wouldn't the Orange Blob expect us to pay for his little getaways? After all, he has been living off the backs of decent people most of his life.

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Rhoberta E
Rhoberta E3 months ago

shelley w
Your post is quite funny.
You're right though, his lies and sneaky ways to screw the US and alienate the rest of the world HAVE surpassed anything President Obama did. (Don't tell anyone but maybe Bin Laden is still alive and secretly working for trump.)
They are both out on the golf course trying to see who the next person to be the beneficiary of trump's pay to play !!

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Shelley w
Shelley w3 months ago

Trump has worked harder and accomplished more from meetings with world leaders and many others at Mar-o-Lago than Obama did in his 8 years.

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Pat P
Pat P3 months ago

He thinks EVERYTHING is for and about him--charging our taxpayers for whatever/whenever he wants it--charging to make money on his business properties; Trump Tower (for his pampered wife and son), Mar-a-Lago for expensive golf/food, business deals, attacks on other countries over a meal with his son-in-law, a piece of chocolate cake--while social club members listen/watch/video events. According to him, the U.S. Treasury is one of his own personal bank accounts, some of which he will share with his family monarchy.

The list of egregious Constitutional violations increases on a daily basis. He seems to feel entitled to them and any corruption he can get by with!

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Lori Hone
Lori Hone3 months ago

Disgusting

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