As we near the end of March and the second full month of Trump’s presidency, it has become clear that he was rather disingenuous when he continuously blasted President Obama for playing golf. “This guy plays more golf than people on the PGA Tour,” Trump said. After visiting catastrophe-ridden Louisiana, Trump accused Obama of turning a blind eye, “Honestly, Obama ought to get off the golf course and get down there.” During a 2016 campaign even in Virginia Trump offered that he if he were elected, he was “not going to have time to go play golf. I’m going to be working for you, I’m not going to have time to go play golf.”
And don’t forget this:
Can you believe that,with all of the problems and difficulties facing the U.S., President Obama spent the day playing golf.Worse than Carter
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 14, 2014
The Washington Post reports today that all of his trips to Mar-a-Lago – amounting to more than half of all the weekends he has been president – are costing the localities millions of dollars they just don’t have, and leave the local government facing a budget crisis.
The Kicker? Trump’s White House seems uninterested in helping Palm Beach County out with relieving their already heavily-strained budget.
According to The Post:
Palm Beach County officials are warning about the ballooning costs associated with paying time and a half to sheriff’s department deputies to secure the president’s exclusive members-only club — a pricetag that is already more than $1.5 million — and county commissioners are pleading with federal officials to step in and relieve the financial burden.
County Commissioner, David Kerner, says that by diverting millions of dollars to Mar-a-Lago, the county will be forced to end efforts to fight opioid abuse, and will nix plans to expand the local police force.
The local airport is facing “devastation” because of the constant flight restrictions and re-routing. A smaller local airport only fifteen minutes from Mar-a-Lago is bleeding money – literally thousands upon thousands of dollars every weekend the president is in town.
The Washington Post reached out to the White House for a comment. They did not respond.