Vice President Mike Pence’s decision to stay at President Donald Trump’s hotel in Doonbeg, Ireland, during his recent trip abroad — despite his official business taking place in the country’s capital of Dublin — cost U.S. taxpayers a whopping $600,000 for limousine travel alone.
As RawStory noted, this is because Doonbeg and Dublin are on opposites sides of the country, meaning Pence had to travel a significant distance to meet with Irish leaders.
The vice president, who was traveling with his wife, mother and sister, claimed he chose Trump’s hotel because his family has ties to the area.
A search of government records by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) found $599,454.36 in State Department contracts for limo transportation back and forth from Pence’s ancestral hometown to Dublin.
Earlier this month, Pence defended his decision to stay at the president’s hotel, and Trump is on record saying that he had nothing to do with the plans.