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Monday, January 29, 2018

Former First Lady Michelle Obama's travel around the world paled in comparison to the funds needed for current First Lady Melania Trump. The newly released expenditures add to an already growing total of travel costs by an administration that is only a year old. Report Advertisement According to a new Wall Street Journal report, Mrs. Trump has spent $675,000 on flights during her first three months her husband was in office. During that period, Trump lived in New York City while her newly elected spouse was living in the White House. Mrs. Trump maintained that she wanted their son to finish out his school year before moving to Washington, D.C.

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The well-intentioned act cost the taxpayers a pretty penny, however. The flights cost 29.3 percent of Obama's total expenditure over eight years. Obama spent a total of $2.3 million over her husband's two terms.

The flights weren't simply flights back and forth between New York City and Washington, because the president sought to spend the winter in Florida, it meant the official Air Force jets were forced to shuttle the family to his location. This cost was on top of the expenditures to secure Trump Tower for the First Lady, which totaled $1 million daily.

The Journal cited military records that show at least 19 trips to New York's LaGuardia Airport and nine trips to Florida's Palm Beach International Airport to drop her off. The fleet of Air Force One and Air Force Two jets are always stationed at Andrews Air Force Base or a secure Air Force facility nationally and internationally. So, the planes had to leave Andrews, fly to New York, pick up Mrs. Trump and take her to Florida.

The records were requested as part of a Freedom of Information Act request filed at the beginning of May 2017, prior to the family's full move to Washington.

Meanwhile, Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump have cost taxpayers nearly $400,000 in ski vacations. Similarly, Eric Trump cost taxpayers $97,830 in hotel bills for one corporate jaunt in Uruguay for the Trump Organization. The president also came under fire when he flew back to Washington to attend a concert and fly back to his golf club in New Jersey to spend the night. The price tag was $400,000 in tax payer dollars for the evening.

"Unfortunately, the budget we're essentially inheriting is a mess. The finances of our country are a mess," President Trump told reporters at the start of a meeting with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney last March. "We must do a lot more with less."

Trump repeatedly criticized President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, for their travel. Mr. Trump also tweeted about Mrs. Obama's 2010 trip to Spain with one of her daughters, writing of Mr. and Mrs. Obama: "They love to spend money."

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726, Please!

Michelle is black, and a Democrat.

That was the real objection. We all know that.

You know, "keep the white house white" and all that.

If I am wrong, our fellow Retorters will be along soon to explain the matter, how, when the expenses are run up by a Wealthy white Republican 1st Lady, the situation is totally different.

#1 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2018-01-29 11:18 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

'Trump repeatedly criticized President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, for their travel. Mr. Trump also tweeted about Mrs. Obama's 2010 trip to Spain with one of her daughters, writing of Mr. and Mrs. Obama: "They love to spend money." '

Trump is the most profound hypocrite of the Twenty-First Century.

#2 | Posted by Zed at 2018-01-29 11:28 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Pffftt this is nothing for America's new royal family. They earned it!

Not holding my breath either waiting for righties to whine about the cost and detrimental budget issues from the Royals travels.

#3 | Posted by jpw at 2018-01-29 12:48 PM | Reply

Air Force One is getting a $24 million refrigerator upgrade to keep the orange child rapist properly fed.

www.washingtonpost.com

#4 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2018-01-29 01:31 PM | Reply

For that money, Cheetolini could have an entire McDonald's franchise put in the cargo hold.

No expense spared for Dandy Donny, Mr. Pay down the Debt.

#5 | Posted by 726 at 2018-01-29 02:39 PM | Reply

The GOP scum is proving on a daily basis that "fiscal responsibility" was only something whine about when the black guy was in office.

#6 | Posted by 726 at 2018-01-29 02:40 PM | Reply

"The GOP scum is proving on a daily basis that "fiscal responsibility" was only something whine about when the black guy was in office."

We've known that since Clinton was President. Remember George Bush invading Iraq and cutting taxes at the same time? Republicans really don't give a crap about America, they just use slogans with their naive, stupid base and steal as much as possible. Trumpolini is no different, he's just more uncouth.

#7 | Posted by danni at 2018-01-30 09:24 AM | Reply

Well W didn't include the war costs in his budget, like it was some sort of magic funding fountain that didn't add to the debt.

Obama put the costs into the budget and the GOP went apoplectic over the deficit.

During those 8 years it was predicted that once a Returd got back into office, the deficit would be forgotten. Not only has it been forgotten, but it has been exploded with payoffs to their donors.

And not a peep from any retorter that spent the past eight years bitching about what the black guy was spending.

#8 | Posted by 726 at 2018-01-30 10:27 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I can't criticize Melania for having a long distance relationship with farticus prime.

#9 | Posted by bored at 2018-01-31 12:09 AM | Reply

Wow. I'm amazed that the righties are nowhere to be found on this thread! Especially those to railed on Michelle Obama's for her travel costs.

Hey Hans, can you us le your database thing to pick some quotes from those who freaked out over Michelle's supposed $20 million dollar trip to Spain? I'd love to see how many are still here and needs to be rescued from that cat holding their tongues.

#10 | Posted by jpw at 2018-01-31 03:21 PM | Reply

Hey Hans, can you us le your database thing to pick some quotes from those who freaked out over Michelle's supposed $20 million dollar trip to Spain? I'd love to see how many are still here and needs to be rescued from that cat holding their tongues.

#10 | POSTED BY JPW

I second that.

#11 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-01-31 03:34 PM | Reply

"Hey Hans, can you us le your database thing to pick some quotes from those who freaked out over Michelle's supposed $20 million dollar trip to Spain?" - #10 | Posted by jpw at 2018-01-31 03:21 PM

I think that was the freak-out over the $200,000,000/day trip to India:

Freak Out! Right Wingers Howl Over Obama's India Trip

[snip] Here's the right-wing India trip meme: Obama is spending more money -- $200 million per day -- than the nation spends daily on the war in Afghanistan, in order to fly something like one million planes full of his closest friends to a multi-day bacchanal on the steps of the Taj Mahal, all paid for by you, the taxypayer. Or something.

[snip] ...it was Hannity who led the way, claiming on this show last night that Obama will bring "3,000 people" with him on the road, a trip that will include (as Hannity pointed out, helpfully) a visit to "one of the biggest mosques in Indonesia."

[snip] ...Bachmann helpfully suggested "maybe we should use video conferencing for these meetings" after ripping the "870 rooms" in the Taj Mahal Hotel she claims Obama is renting in Mumbai. The only problem with the hotel room claim is the hotel only has "560 rooms including 44 suites," according to its website.

[snip] On his website Tuesday, Rush (or Team Rush) wrote, "five hundred seven rooms at the Taj Mahal, 40 airplanes, $200 million a day this nation will spend on Obama's trip to India."

I don't have any DR denizens' quotes, but they were sure to mimic their Master's voice.

#12 | Posted by Hans at 2018-01-31 03:45 PM | Reply

#12 my mistake.

The Spain trip was much more trivial.

www.judicialwatch.org

#13 | Posted by jpw at 2018-01-31 05:49 PM | Reply

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