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Judicial Watch: Trump Travel Costs Taxpayers $3.58 Million

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Friday, 14 Jul 2017 02:56 PM

A review of the costs for the Trump administration's air travel reveals that taxpayers have shelled out at least $3.58 million, according to government watchdog Judicial Watch.

"Presidential travel is racking up millions of dollars in expenses paid by taxpayers," Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said.

"The Trump administration should do what the Obama administration did not do – move reforms through to get these expenses under control for this and future presidents."

According to Judicial Watch's review of the documents obtained under a Freedom of Information Request, the breakdown shows:

  • Melania Trump flew to Mar-a-Lago between Feb. 3-6 on a C-37B military jet at an operating cost of $10,075 per hour for six hours. The total comes to $60,450.
  • Vice President Pence flew Air Force Two 5.58 hours to Houston for the Super Bowl between February 3-6 at an operating cost of $15,994 per hour, for a total of $89,246.52.
  • Melania Trump flew from New York to Washington D.C. on Feb. 10 to join her husband on Air Force One for the trip to Mar-a-Lago. She departed on Feb. 12 for New York on a C-37A jet for a weekend total of 7.09 hours at $10,075 per hour, bringing the cost to $71,431.75.
  • President Trump flew Air Force One 5.7 hours to Mar-a-Lago between Feb. 17-21 at an operating cost of $142,380 per hour, for a total of $811,566.
  • Melania Trump flew from New York to Mar-a-Lago between Feb. 17-21. One leg was 5.63 hours on a C-37B military jet at a cost of $10,075 per hour for a total of $56,722.25. The other was 5.57 hours on a C-40B jet at $5,450 per hour for a total of $30,356.50. Grand total: $87,078.75.
  • President Trump flew 4.1 hours on Air Force One to Mar-a-Lago between March 17-19 at $142,380 per hour, for a total of $583,758.

In response to another Freedom of Information request from Judicial Watch, the Air Force revealed:

  • President Trump entertained Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Mar-a-Lago between Feb. 10-13, where they played golf. They flew Air Force One 4.2 hours at $142,380 per hour for a total of $597,996.

Fitton said: "The bureaucracies should release the travel numbers rather than requiring us to go to court to get accountability for taxpayers."

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