The Government Accountability Office watchdog has agreed to review the costs and security precautions related to President Donald Trump’s travel and visits to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla.
The GAO’s announcement comes after a request for an investigation from leading congressional Democrats. Since the inauguration, Trump has spent 17 days of his 67 days in office either at Mar-a-Lago or flying up to Washington, D.C, and down to Florida five separate times on Air Force One, The Washington Post reported.
Trump’s travel requires protection from the Secret Service, the U.S. Coast Guard and from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, though the government has not disclosed the cost.
Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Tom Udall of New Mexico, as well as Rep. Elijah E. Cummings. D-Md., wrote a letter to GAO chief Gene L. Dodaro in which they said they were “deeply concerned” about the potential costs.
But these same Democratic “watchdogs” never seemed to have this concern for President Barack Obama's extensive travel during his presidency. According to a report by Judicial Watch, Obama's vacation travel costs during his eight-year presidency totaled more than $96 million. Specifically, the costs totaled $96,938,882.51 over the past eight years, according to documents Judicial Watch received from the Secret Service and the US Air Force.
And, as of August 7, 2016, Obama played his 300th round of golf, which averages just under once a week, every week, while in office. I wonder how many of those he paid for out of pocket. Let us also not forget his notorious, and disgusting, return to the golf course immediately following a shallow, brief press conference acknowledging the beheading of an American journalist at the hands of ISIS.
When the Democrats begin demonstrating their outrage equitably, perhaps we can take them seriously in their claims of offense. But as I see it, the only thing offensive here is the astronomical costs put on taxpayers by the previous president, and the Democrats' blind eye to every penny spent simply because it was spent by one of their own.