The topic of our presidency has been a conflict since Donald Trump was elected in January. From building “walls” to controversial tweets, it has definitely been a rocky road. The subject of interest lately has been about the amount of vacation and time off Trump has been taking.
According to an article published on dailykos.com from March 6th, “Over the last five weekends, the president has visited his luxury resort four times – each trip costs American taxpayers about $3 million – and as of last night, Trump had spent 31% of his presidency at Mar-a-Lago. He’s played golf eight times within six weeks of taking office.”
However, it is hard to evaluate it. Being the president of the United States is a non-stop job with no breaks. Everyone deserves to have some time off from their obligations, especially you’re a senior citizen. Being the president already causes rapid aging. But after all, it is the most important job in the country, which calls for vigorous work hours and extreme dedication to serving America.
According to the NY Times, “Trump places a heavy emphasis on cutting waste and targets for elimination programs that, in some cases, cost the government only a few million dollars year. That is a lot of money in the context of the amount of money you or I spend in a year, but in the context of the government, spending a million dollars is like someone with a $50,000-a-year salary spending one penny.”
“If that $3 million estimate [cost per vacation] is true, he could have funded the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness — budgeted at $4 million in 2016 — for nearly four years if he’d just stayed in the White House.” If the trips continue he could spend up to a billion dollars in four years. By comparison, Barack Obama’s travel expenses were much less, averaging only $12.1 million during each year of his presidency.
The Washington Post says “the elaborate lifestyle of America’s first family is straining the Secret Service and security officials, stirring financial and logistical concerns in several local communities, and costing far beyond what has been typical for previous presidents.” Trump was extremely wealthy even before his presidency, why would the American people expect any less from the president?