President Donald Trump's visits to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida cost taxpayers around $3 million each weekend, and some Republicans are beginning to wish he would stay in the nation's capital more.
"I do wish he would spend more time in Washington," Iowa Republican Sen. Joni Ernst said this week at a town hall, reports the Washington Examiner.
The Examiner reports that a roundtrip flight from Washington, D.C. to West Palm Beach, Fla. on Air Force One costs about $700,000. If First Lady Melania Trump joins her husband in Florida from their Manhattan apartment, her flight is roughly $168,000.
Including overtime pay for federal, state, and local security officials, each Trump weekend in Florida is around $3 million.
Trump has met with world leaders in Mar-a-Lago. Ernst said she wants to see the president stay in D.C. more and use the White House to welcome diplomatic guests and host events for them.
The Examiner quotes a conservative female blogger as saying she also wants Trump to do less traveling.
"I'm not suggesting he's not working hard. It's obvious that he is. That's not my issue. My issue is that he's spending way too much taxpayer money doing it," Miriam Weaver of "Chicks on the Right" wrote last week.
"I'm tired of the lack of accountability on this issue. I can't be the only conservative who feels this way."
A White House official told the Examiner Trump works when he's at Mar-a-Lago, whether he's hosting a foreign dignitary or whether he's simply there with his family.
Town & Country magazine compiled information from each of Trump's visits to Mar-a-Lago during his presidency. Trump's son Eric said his father enjoys working from the southern White House.
There are rumors, however, that Trump will spend some weekends this summer at the Bedminster club in New Jersey's Somerset County. Officials there, reports NJ.com, are already worried about paying for extra security around the club should the president visit.
Trump interviewed potential members of his Cabinet at Bedminster during his transition.
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