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Trump's Weekend Getaway to Mar-a-Lago Could Cost Taxpayers Over $3 Million

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By    |   Friday, 03 Feb 2017 07:42 AM

President Donald Trump will head to his luxury resort, Mar-a-Lago in South Florida this weekend — a trip that could cost taxpayers $3 million, Politico reports.

The tab is already coming under the same type of scrutiny former President Barack Obama drew from Trump and other Republicans, according to the website.

The trip will reunite the president with his wife Melania, who has been living in New York while their 10-years-old son, Barron, completes the school year. It is Trump's first getaway since his inauguration and, is scheduled from Friday night to Monday morning.

Politico noted the trip to Palm Beach, Fla., is expected to be part business and part pleasure.

The website's estimate on the trip's cost is based on a Government Accountability Office report on a similar trip taken by Obama in 2013. Obama had flown to Chicago to deliver a speech, then went on from there to Palm Beach. That trip lasted four days.

The cost of that particular trip was $3.6 million, the GAO found.

Trump had been a critic of Obama's costly getaways. In 2011, he called Obama "the habitual vacationer" for vacationing in Hawaii, Politico said. It was a trip Trump said cost taxpayers more than $4 million.

Judicial Watch, the conservative non-profit group that carefully watched Obama's travel, told Politico it will file a Freedom of Information Act request on Monday for a full accounting of Trump's travel costs this weekend.

"I hope he reflects on the costs of doing that and sees if there's any savings to be achieved," said Tom Fitton, president of the group. "He should check out Camp David and see if he can make better use of that."

The Palm Beach Post reported Trump will spend the weekend at Mar-a-Lago, which "he and administration officials have dubbed 'the winter White House.'"

Trump is expected to make an appearance at the at the International Red Cross Ball on Saturday night at Mar-a-Lago, the paper said.

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