Trump Has Spent Millions More On Golf In Three Years Than Obama Did In Eight
Despite then-candidate Donald Trump’s frequent criticisms of former President Barack Obama’s golf outings, Trump has spent approximately $115 million on golf three years into his presidency, according to Law & Crime.
Conservative-leaning government watchdog organization Judicial Watch reported that Obama’s total family travel expenses, which included his time spent on the links, came out to roughly $114 million. Yet, a substantial portion of that travel was eventually reimbursed by the Democratic Party.
Trump was famously among Obama’s critics over his fondness of the sport.
“I love golf,” Trump told a Florida crowd in 2016, “but if I were in the White House, I don’t think I’d ever see Turnberry again. I don’t ever think I’d see Doral again. I own Doral in Miami. I don’t think I’d ever see many of the places that I have. I don;t really every think I’d see anything--I just want to stay in the White House and work my ass off and make great deals.”
According to HuffPost, Trump has spent at least “232 days on a golf course he owns in his 1,072 days in office,” nearly one-fifth of his entire presidency thus far.
What’s more, many of Trump’s golf-related trips took place at various properties owned by the Trump family. The reported spending figures are swelled even further because the White House requires that Secret Service agents, White House staff, and other administration officials stay and eat at Trump’s hotels and golf courses during such travel.
“The domestic #EmolumentsClause was written to prevent the president from shaking down the U.S. government,” Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh tweeted in late November after Secret Service spending reports were released.
“$28,800 in one day for the Secret Service is stunning, greedy, arrogant, and violative of the Constitution,” Frosh said.