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Melania Trump's Flights Before WH Move Cost $675,000

Melania Trump's Flights Before WH Move Cost $675,000
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By    |   Monday, 29 January 2018 11:49 AM

First lady Melania Trump's flights on Air Force jets cost $675,000 during a three-month period before she moved into the White House in June 2017, The Wall Street Journal reports.

The newspaper attributed the information to military records.

The military aircraft was used because she was still living in New York following President Donald Trump's inauguration so their son Barron could finish fifth grade.

The records show that while the first lady was still living in Trump Tower in Manhattan, Air Force planes made at least 19 trips to New York and nine trips to South Florida to drop off or pick her up, according to the Journal.

"It is no secret that Mrs. Trump lived in New York City the first few months of the administration so that her son could finish school," said Stephanie Grisham, a spokesman. "The trips mentioned in this story are examples of Mrs. Trump juggling dual roles — putting her son first, while also fulfilling some of her duties as first lady."

Air Force spokeswoman Erika Yepsen said: "The Air Force works diligently to ensure it acts as a good steward of taxpayers' money while meeting the requirements of every mission it's assigned regardless of where the mission occurs, what the mission is or who the mission supports."

Trump's most expensive trip cost $106,627, according to the newspaper's review of the records. In mid-April, she took a C-32A, which is the equivalent of a Boeing 757 and costs about $16,000 an hour to fly, the Journal noted.

The plane reportedly flew from Joint Base Andrews outside of Washington to New York to pick her up and then went to Florida. It later flew Trump back to New York before returning to Andrews.

In the past, President Trump had strongly criticized President Barack Obama for travel costs — including a 2010 trip to Spain by former first lady, Michelle Obama.

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