With his Thanksgiving vacation, President Donald Trump’s golf hobby has now cost Americans an estimated $115 million in travel and security expenses ― the equivalent of 287 years of the presidential salary he frequently boasts about not taking.
Of that amount, many hundreds of thousands ― perhaps millions ― of dollars have gone into his own cash registers, as Secret Service agents, White House staff and other administration officials stay and eat at his hotels and golf courses.
The exact amount cannot be determined because the White House refuses to reveal how many Trump aides have been staying at his properties when he visits them and will not turn over receipts for the charges incurred.
Trump has been unabashed in visiting and promoting his golf properties in the U.S., Scotland and Ireland. Of his 193 outings all but 3 have been to his courses and require very expensive travel and security costs. If he is reelected the total taxpayer bill will conservatively be over $340 million.