The president spends a lot of time on the links as many of you probably already know, almost exclusively at his own properties. In fact, at the end of October, Trump made his 224th visit to one of his 17 golf courses since assuming office three years ago.
On each outing, the Secret Service must follow. And with their golf carts comes a big bill for the American public.
According to a new report, The Secret Service has rented 84 golf carts for Trump’s planned visits to Florida between now and May 2020, costing US taxpayers more than $50,000, according to federal procurement filings.
That brings the total cost of the agency’s cart rentals for Trump’s golf outings to more than $550,000.
But here’s the kicker, before he was elected, Trump regularly expressed frustration with former US president Barack Obama for golfing.
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
However, Obama only played 333 rounds of golf during his 8-year tenure as president—roughly 1,665 hours—or about 3% of his total time in office. Roughly 61% of his outings took place at golf courses owned and operated by the US military.
In a little less than three years, Trump has so far spent nearly 2,200 hours golfing, or roughly 20% of his time in office. He has played all but two rounds at his own private clubs, according to Craig Holman, a government affairs lobbyist at Public Citizen, a DC watchdog group.
And just in case you were wondering, Obama’s predecessor, president George W. Bush, played just 24 rounds of golf during his two terms as commander-in-chief.
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