Report: U.S. Taxpayers Shelled Out $3.4M For Trump’s 2020 Superbowl Party
President Donald Trump’s “Super Bowl LIV watch party” at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach cost taxpayers another $3.4 million, according to HuffPost.
“Well, obviously there are no TVs in the White House, so what alternative did he have,” quipped Robert Weissman, president of the liberal group Public Citizen. “He could have saved money by chartering a plane and flying club members to watch the game at the White House.”
Money spent at Trump hotels and golf courses flows directly to the president, since he is the sole beneficiary of a trust that now owns his family business. Taxpayer dollars have been the source of at least a few million dollars that have gone to the Trump Organization in the form of hotel rooms, meals, and other expenses for Secret Service agents and other government employees who have stayed on-site with Trump in Florida, New Jersey, Scotland, and Ireland.
“When Donald Trump announced that he would break decades of precedent and hold onto his business, many were afraid it was to find ways to keep making money on the side of his work as president,” said Jordan Libowitz from Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. “Turns out the presidency is more like a thing he does on the side to help make money for his business.”
Saturday’s and Sunday’s golf outings at the West Palm Beach club brings Trump’s total to 79 days there since taking office and 244 total golf days at properties that he owns. Taxpayers’ total tab for his golf hobby climbed to $130.4 million.
That figure and the $3.4 million for each Mar-a-Lago trip are based on an analysis that includes the costs of Air Force transportation, Coast Guard patrols, Secret Service security and other expenses, according to a January 2019 report from the Government Accountability Office.
“Trump is and always has been a con man. In 2016, he said that, unlike Obama, he’d never golf and he’d never take personal trips outside the White House,” said former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.), who is challenging Trump for the 2020 Republican nomination. “In addition, Trump is using taxpayer money to personally enrich himself because virtually all of his travel is to Trump properties. That is the swamp Trump pledged to drain. Trump is the swamp.”