Trump’s Golf Habit Has Cost The Equivalent Of 334 Years of Presidential Salary
President Donald Trump raised his total taxpayer golf tab to $133.8 million when he returned to Mar-a-Lago on Friday evening for the 29th golf-related trip of his presidency to his for-profit resort, according to HuffPost.
That figure equates to 334 years of presidential salary.
During Barack Obama’s presidency, Trump frequently criticized his golf habit and claimed it was too great an expense to taxpayers.
“I play golf to relax. My company is in great shape. @BarackObama plays golf to escape work while America goes down the drain,” Trump tweeted in December 2011.
As he began his campaign for the White House, Trump repeatedly promised that golf would never make it onto his schedule. “I love golf, but if I were in the White House, I don’t think I’d ever see Turnberry again. I don’t think I’d ever see Doral again,” he told a rally in February 2016, referring to his courses in Scotland and Miami. “I don’t ever think I’d see anything. I just want to stay in the White House and work my ass off.”
Trump has spent two-and-a-half times as many days on a golf course after three years in office as Obama had done at the same point in his first term. Trump has played 248 times. Obama, by his 1,123rd day in office, had played 92 times.
Trump insists on playing at courses he owns, which has costed taxpayers nearly four times as much as Obama’s outings. More than two-thirds of Trump’s outings have involved seven-figure trips aboard Air Force One, mainly to Florida and New Jersey, but also to Los Angeles, Ireland, and Scotland. Obama typically played at military bases within a short drive of the White House.
The White House refuses to detail how many taxpayer dollars are flowing into Trump’s pockets, as he is the sole beneficiary of the trust that now owns his family business.
During his campaign, Trump promised he would separate himself from the Trump Organization -- which he has not done.
Trump similarly promised that he would release his tax returns -- which he has refused to do.