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Saturday, March 18, 2017

President Trump doesn't want to spend federal dollars on after-school programs, meals for poor people, or heating assistance that helps keep folks alive.
But he has no problem wasting more than $3 million a pop to spend weekends at his private Mar-a-Lago club in Florida. Trump has already made four trips there since becoming president on January 20, and on Friday he confirmed he's headed there this weekend for the fifth time.

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Despite vowing during his campaign that he "would rarely leave the White House because there's so much work to be done" and "would not be a president who took vacations" because "you don't have time to take time off," Trump has visited Trump-branded properties each of the past six weekends. That streak will hit seven when Trump lands at Mar-a-Lago later Friday. In fact, Trump has spent time at Trump-branded property every weekend of his presidency other than the very first, when he created chaos throughout the country by signing a Muslim ban executive order that was later stayed by a federal court. Let's run through them. February 4–5: Trump heads to Mar-a-Lago for the first time as president. There, he and Melania attend a "Vienna to Versailles" black tie Red Cross Ball that was closed to the media (Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross was in attendance, however). President Trump's inaugural appearance at Mar-a-Lago comes just days after the Trump Organization announces the club's initiation fees are doubling to $200,000 (taxes and $14,000 annual dues not included). Trump's effort to profit off the presidency gets underway in earnest

Mar-a-Lago dues are doubling, and Trump-branded hotels look to expand across the country. thinkprogress.org February 11–12: Trump travels to Mar-a-Lago for the second consecutive weekend. His guest is Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe. On Saturday night, Trump and Abe deal with a North Korea missile crisis in full view of diners on one of the club's terraces, with national security documents illuminated by aides' cell phones. Trump handled North Korea crisis in full view of diners and waiters at his private club

Remember "lock her up?" thinkprogress.org February 18–19: The president heads to Mar-a-Lago yet again. While there, Trump, who repeatedly criticized Obama for playing golf while president, enjoys his sixth golf outing during his first month in office. In a sign that he might feel a bit guilty, the White House is later forced to admit that officials initially misled reporters about the amount of golf Trump played during his 18-hole excursion with pro golfer Rory McIlroy. The roughly $10 million Trump has already spent on unnecessary travel approaches the $12 million President Obama spent each year. Trump's first month of travel expenses cost taxpayers just less than what Obama spent in a year

Meanwhile, his budget proposal cuts programs for poor people. thinkprogress.org February 25–26: Trump doesn't travel to Florida, but he does stop by his swanky hotel in downtown DC for dinner on Saturday night. The president's outing to the Trump International is documented by Benny Johnson of IJR, a conservative media outlet founded by Republican operatives. Johnson, who writes a fawning first-person account about dining next to Trump's table, says that he "received a tip from a well informed source that Trump would be dining at the BLT Steakhouse inside his Trump hotel at approximately 6 PM that evening." Lo and behold, the tipster was correct. Also hanging out at the Trump International that night were Brexit leader Nigel Farage, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and Trump's daughter Ivanka. March 4–5: Trump heads to Mar-a-Lago. The Palm Beach Post publishes pictures of Attorney General Jeff Sessions mingling with members. Politico reports that in response to the negative publicity resulting from photos of Trump and Abe dealing with the missile crisis in the dining area, Trump's "private club issued new rules prohibiting pictures or videos of the president when he's on the premises so that the world can't follow along on Twitter if it ever happens again." Meanwhile, a helipad is under construction on site to make it easier for Marine One to land right outside the club. March 11–12: On Saturday, Trump visits the Trump National Golf Club in Virginia in suburban DC. It's his ninth trip to a golf course in the seven weeks he's been president. Trump's repeated trips to Trump-branded properties aren't just problematic because they embody how he's profiting off the presidency and breaking campaign promises. They also represent Trump's selective austerity when it comes to spending taxpayer dollars.

As Quartz reported on Friday, after this weekend, Trump will have already spent about $16.5 million on trips to Mar-a-Lago. For that amount, Meals on Wheels could feed 5,967 seniors for a year and after school programs could feed 114,583 children for a year. On Thursday, Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney defended the draconian cuts included in the Trump administration's proposed budget by arguing that the federal government can't ask "a coal miner in West Virginia or a single mom in Detroit to pay for" programs like the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. But one wonders whether those struggling Americans would rather have public radio or dole out their share of the $3.3 million a self-proclaimed billionaire is spending each weekend to mingle with his ludicrously wealthy club members down in Florida.

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#1 | Posted by Whizzo at 2017-03-18 09:15 AM | Reply

At this point I actually am beginning to feel sorry for the Trump voters, they must feel so stupid.

#2 | Posted by danni at 2017-03-18 09:21 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

...a helipad is under construction on site to make it easier for Marine One to land right outside the club.

Very considerate of donald... the motorcade won't disrupt so much traffic every weekend.

#3 | Posted by REDIAL at 2017-03-18 09:23 AM | Reply

#2 No. Only people that have a functioning conscience can feel stupid.

#3 Probably using tax dollars to pay for it.

#4 | Posted by 726 at 2017-03-18 10:35 AM | Reply

#3 Just another piece of the show they are selling for $200,000 a pop. Get your picture taken along side Marine One... only $499.95.

Thank god we didn't elect Hillary because foundation work and all.

#5 | Posted by 726 at 2017-03-18 10:36 AM | Reply

Bigly werk ethic

#6 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2017-03-18 11:11 AM | Reply

#2

I'll wait until Donald turns the screws on all of them a hell of a lot more before they get any sympathy.

#7 | Posted by Zed at 2017-03-18 11:13 AM | Reply

Trump is certainly working more than 40 hrs a week and trying to take some resemblance of a weekend but I am certain sometime here that's not acceptable.

Maybe we should all agree that our corporations should be able to apply the same hours worked without pay.

#8 | Posted by Crassus at 2017-03-18 11:14 AM | Reply

Maybe we should all agree about hypocrites the Right is about which presidents get to take time off and golf.

#9 | Posted by Zed at 2017-03-18 11:20 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I don't think Donald spends much time at all working, as I understand work.

#10 | Posted by Zed at 2017-03-18 11:22 AM | Reply

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Each trip to Mar-a-Lago costs taxpayers as much as one year funding for meals on wheels.

#11 | Posted by bayviking at 2017-03-18 01:15 PM | Reply

Gotta keep that flow of money moving into his bank accounts. God knows it can't be spent a better way.

#12 | Posted by jpw at 2017-03-18 01:58 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"Trump is certainly working more than 40 hrs a week and trying to take some resemblance of a weekend but I am certain sometime here that's not acceptable."

Being President is not a 40 hour a week job. Hell. MY job is not a 40 hour week job.

Then there are his lies about not taking vacations and salary.

"I would rarely leave the White House because there's so much work to be done," Trump, 69, tells ITK. "I would not be a president who took vacations. I would not be a president that takes time off."

"There's just so much to be done," Trump told CBS' 60 Minutes in an interview broadcast Sunday. "So I don't think we'll be very big on vacations, no."
As for the president's $400,000-a-year pay, the New York businessman said: "No, I'm not going to take the salary. I'm not taking it."

Lies.

#13 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-03-18 03:46 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

The man loves gold-plated everything, burnt steak, and Florida.

#14 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2017-03-18 10:07 PM | Reply

Florida should stand its ground.

#15 | Posted by kudzu at 2017-03-19 08:56 AM | Reply

Boring.

#16 | Posted by Crassus at 2017-03-19 09:04 AM | Reply

Glad I didn't make the trip to visit family in West Palm this weekend. Beautiful area out by Mar-a-Lago.

#17 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2017-03-19 09:09 AM | Reply

Perchance, do any Dems here know how our Dear Leader scored in his latest golf round? Is he properly maintaining his low golf handicap?

#18 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2017-03-19 09:10 AM | Reply

He shot 18 for 18. Again. Just ask him.

#19 | Posted by bored at 2017-03-19 03:20 PM | Reply

I'll bet you Trump is a duffer. Probably shoots in the nineties but lies when he puts his score on his card.

#20 | Posted by danni at 2017-03-19 03:37 PM | Reply

Probably shoots in the nineties but lies when he puts his score on his card.

He's listed as a 2.8 handicap but no one has seen a signed scorecard.

Alice Cooper says he cheats.

#21 | Posted by REDIAL at 2017-03-19 04:18 PM | Reply

Perchance, do any Dems here know how our Dear Leader scored in his latest golf round? Is he properly maintaining his low golf handicap?

#18 | POSTED BY GONOLES92

Well, it depends on how often he pulls the 11 wood from the bag.

#22 | Posted by jpw at 2017-03-19 04:22 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

www.youtube.com

Donny just plays by winter rules

#23 | Posted by truthhurts at 2017-03-19 04:28 PM | Reply

"He's listed as a 2.8 handicap but no one has seen a signed scorecard."

I wouldn't believe that for a minute. I honestly do know some serious golfers, Trump isn't one.

#24 | Posted by danni at 2017-03-19 04:38 PM | Reply

I wouldn't believe that for a minute.

I suspect he's not going by Pro rules.

#25 | Posted by REDIAL at 2017-03-19 04:43 PM | Reply

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