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Donald Trump's golf habit has already cost taxpayers at least $102 million in extra travel and security expenses, and next month will achieve a new milestone: a seven-figure presidential visit to another country so he can play at his own course.

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And this ashhole just had the nerve to just go on tv and criticize the cost of the Mueller investigation exacerbated by his own campaign's refusal to cooperate with the FBI when the campaign was told point blank that the Russians were trying to compromise the 2016 election.

Just as troubling as the amount Trump has spent so far on golf trips is the fact that his visits have been to his own properties -- for-profit businesses that put money in his own pocket and that Trump routinely praises during his visits.

During his trip to Scotland last year, for example, Trump wrote: "I have arrived in Scotland and will be at Trump Turnberry for two days of meetings, calls and hopefully, some golf - my primary form of exercise! The weather is beautiful, and this place is incredible!"

"His top priority with these trips is not the business of the American people, it's the business of the Trump Organization," said Jordan Libowitz of the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. "The American presidency has become another tool to advertise his golf properties."

Just another reason investigation into his obliteration of the emoluments clause are overripe due to Trump's own examples of grafting the US taxpayer right out in the open, without a shred of conscious about his actions.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2019-05-22 02:18 PM | Reply

Most of that cost flows right back into his pockets.

WTF does he care about it? #BillionDollarLoser doesn't pay taxes anyways.

#2 | Posted by Nixon at 2019-05-22 03:04 PM | Reply

His base won't be posting in this threaad much.

#3 | Posted by danni at 2019-05-22 03:26 PM | Reply

This is yet another thread where the fiscal "c-c-conservatives" reveal how they don't care anymore because nobody can stop the spending so why bother...

#4 | Posted by jpw at 2019-05-22 03:28 PM | Reply

I'd bet Bernie wouldn't have cost this much. Nor would he in 2020.

Yet, you'll sit idly by and let your corrupted crime party and their media snakes kill him off

just like last time. You deserve Trump 2020.

#5 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-05-22 03:32 PM | Reply

just like last time. You deserve Trump 2020.
#5 | POSTED BY SHEEPLESCHISM

Bitter Bernie Bro.

:-[

#6 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2019-05-22 03:37 PM | Reply

This isn't about the Dems.

F&$? Off.

#7 | Posted by jpw at 2019-05-22 03:53 PM | Reply

- Bitter Bernie Bro.

If not for the DNC and Hillary?

President Bernie would be our kick-ass POTUS as we speak.

But no, we're living a national nightmare.

Because of greedy power hungry establishment crooks -The Dem Party.

#8 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-05-22 03:53 PM | Reply

This isn't about the Dems.

#7 | POSTED BY JPW

It most certainly is, party zombie.

#9 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-05-22 03:54 PM | Reply

"Trump's Golf Costs Taxpayers $102 MIllion and Counting"

"This isn't about the Dems."

"It most certainly is, party zombie."

Is there anything Trump that isn't about the Dems, in SheepleSchism's, uh... mind?

#10 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-05-22 03:58 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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#9 hardly, deflecticon.

Care to comment on the actual topic instead of your own BS?

#11 | Posted by jpw at 2019-05-22 04:09 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Shep still pretending to Bernie Bro is sad.

#12 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2019-05-22 05:18 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I'd vote for Bernie because he appears sincere and genuine.

Which is the opposite of Biden, Trump, Clinton.

Even Obama fooled me once. I'm done voting for liars.

You're not. so enjoy the dysfunction you continue to enable.

#13 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-05-22 05:51 PM | Reply

Nobody believes you, moron.

I doubt you even vote, let alone vote Dem.

#14 | Posted by jpw at 2019-05-22 06:52 PM | Reply

I don't care what you believe. Nobody can talk any sense into you.

But you can believe this: millions like me will NEVER vote for another establishment democrat.

Ever Again. you can take that to the bank. neoliberalism is dead to me.

#15 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-05-22 07:11 PM | Reply

Nobody believes you, moron.

I doubt you even vote, let alone vote Dem.

#14 | POSTED BY JPW

He's a Ruskie, he can't vote in our elections........

............yet.

#16 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2019-05-22 07:15 PM | Reply

#15 it was never alive for you no matter how much you claim it.

No Dem, jaded or otherwise, would support Trump as much as you do.

#17 | Posted by jpw at 2019-05-22 07:35 PM | Reply

This is yet another thread where the fiscal "c-c-conservatives" reveal how they don't care anymore because nobody can stop the spending so why bother...
#4 | POSTED BY JPW

Exactly... you are finally starting to get it ....

God, give me grace to accept with serenity
the things that cannot be changed,
Courage to change the things
which should be changed,
and the Wisdom to distinguish
the one from the other.

#18 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-05-22 08:29 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Yawn that's just your current excuse. Let the Dems take the WH in 2020 and you'll change your tune.

#19 | Posted by jpw at 2019-05-22 08:41 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

--to accept with serenity

Haha. The always-hysterical DR Left and serenity. That's crazy talk. Never will happen.

#20 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-05-22 08:47 PM | Reply

#20 as opposed to you and the rest of the right who will never meet reality?

I'll take being angry and tethered to reality than whatever twisted outlook you've willingly adopted.

#21 | Posted by jpw at 2019-05-22 10:50 PM | Reply

I find it comical when purist Bernie Bro's pretend that politics doesn't force compromise which they then call corruption. Try to live in the real world instead of the imaginary world of black and white you see in your head.

#22 | Posted by danni at 2019-05-23 08:00 AM | Reply

I was irritated when W was criticized for his vacations and golfing.

Then I got pissed when Republicans used that same schtic to criticize Obama. What hypocrites!

EVERY ONE OF YOU who justified Obama (or shows other hypocrisy on this issue) needs to STFU.

Ridiculous.

Did anyone mention he has foregone his Presidential salary?

#23 | Posted by drivelikejehu at 2019-05-23 10:19 AM | Reply

"Did anyone mention he has foregone his Presidential salary"

you should do the math before you pop off, stupid

#24 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2019-05-23 10:32 AM | Reply

#23 | POSTED BY DRIVELIKEJEHU

A) Obama didnt do it near as much
B) He did not own the golf courses he was using - therefore profiting from it
C) Obama did not proclaim that he would not golf because he would be too busy working
D: Foregoing his salary is literally smoke and mirrors here

#25 | Posted by justagirl_idaho at 2019-05-23 10:47 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 7

Trump forgets his Obama criticisms

The new president, who attacked Obama for golfing and personal travel, spends his first month outdoing his predecessor.

www.politico.com

Trump in 2016: 'I don't have time' for golf

Inside his first year in office, President Trump spent more than 90 days at golf clubs. This came after criticizing former President Obama for golfing.

www.cnn.com

#26 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-05-23 10:52 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Drive... obviously can't be bothered to even read the article's sub-headline:

Trump promised never to golf. Instead, he's spent more than twice as many days golfing as Obama at the same point, costing taxpayers over three times as much.
Along with this factoid:
The $102 million total to date spent on Trump's presidential golfing represents 255 times the annual presidential salary he volunteered not to take. It is more than three times the cost of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation that Trump continually complains about. It would fund for six years the Special Olympics program that Trump's proposed budget had originally cut to save money.
Trump is a self-admitted billionaire, so why would he allow the taxpayers to fund his own personal enjoyment/enrichment at his own personally-owned properties to the tune of 255 years worth of annual presidential salary equivalent to almost 64 terms in office in less than 3 actual years?

Anyone trying to justify this much excess should probably reassess their own tether to reality first.

#27 | Posted by tonyroma at 2019-05-23 11:04 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

It is funny how golf has become a staple of partisan hate. Reps bashed Obama for his golf playing all the time, Dems blasted W for it. Every term the costs get higher, and every term nobody does anything about it. It only exists because partisan hate exists. It's like tax returns, it does absolutely nothing to push things forward. Just keeps people arguing about the same stuff every term, and creates hypocrisy on both sides that they are somehow blind to.

#28 | Posted by humtake at 2019-05-23 12:15 PM | Reply

and creates hypocrisy on both sides that they are somehow blind to.

The only blindness here is yours in thinking Trump's golfing is in any way comparable to Obama's or W's.

#29 | Posted by jpw at 2019-05-23 12:17 PM | Reply

#28 Humtake:

No, Dems blasted Dubya for his excursions to his ranches, where he cleared brush while Karen Effing Hughes lied constantly about how hard Dubya worked.
So don't do the Trumpian "both sides do it" when it is OBVIOUS the Criminal-in-Chief has blasted through all previous records for incompetence, graft, instability, inability to work with allies, and dysfunctional cabinet.

#30 | Posted by e1g1 at 2019-05-23 12:32 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Did anyone mention he has foregone his Presidential salary?

#23 | Posted by drivelikejehu

No because it's an empty gesture from an empty suit.

#31 | Posted by jpw at 2019-05-23 01:24 PM | Reply

#28 | POSTED BY HUMTAKE

Hypocrisy on both sides?

"If I win I may never see my property -- I may never see these places again. But because I'm going to be working for you, I'm not going to have time to go golfing, believe me. Believe me. Believe me, folks."

#32 | Posted by Derek_Wildstar at 2019-05-23 02:28 PM | Reply

This is yet another thread where the fiscal "c-c-conservatives" reveal how they don't care anymore because nobody can stop the spending so why bother...
#4 | POSTED BY JPW
Exactly... you are finally starting to get it ....
God, give me grace to accept with serenity
the things that cannot be changed,

#18 | POSTED BY ANDREAMACKRIS

You could stop voting for Republicans.

Might be a good start if you want to get right with God.

#33 | Posted by Sycophant at 2019-05-23 03:37 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I think it was Wisgod who was always railing about Obama's golfing. Hm, haven't seen a single comment from him about this the past 2 1/2 years.

#34 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-05-23 03:40 PM | Reply

Isn't there some way the government could refuse to pay for this trip? Isn't Trump a billionaire? Can't he afford to pay his own way, and hire his own security?

#35 | Posted by Rincewind at 2019-05-23 04:18 PM | Reply

Isn't there some way the government could refuse to pay for this trip? Isn't Trump a billionaire? Can't he afford to pay his own way, and hire his own security?

#35 | Posted by Rincewind

He could at the very least provide housing and golf carts for the SS agents who have to be with him.

Instead, he's milking us taxpayers for every nickel he can get. What a grifter!! Patriot? BWA HA HA!

#36 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-05-23 04:52 PM | Reply

He's a Ruskie, he can't vote in our elections........

............yet.

Yea, Dems will take care of that when they finally make it so illegals can vote, and they already can in Dem strongholds like California..

#37 | Posted by boaz at 2019-05-24 07:15 AM | Reply

Hell, I thought the left would be delighted that Trump is playing a lot of golf. He could be in his office working instead.

#38 | Posted by docnjo at 2019-05-24 09:01 AM | Reply

I'm done voting for liars.

Who turned the irony up to 10?

#39 | Posted by zarnon at 2019-05-24 09:58 AM | Reply

#35 | Posted by Rincewind At least he isn't taking a dime of pay and it is probity the case he will not have the fortune he had when he entered the office. Both Obama and Clinton became very wealthy while they were in office. Hillery made more than ether while Sec,of State.

#40 | Posted by docnjo at 2019-05-24 11:23 AM | Reply

Hell, I thought the left would be delighted that Trump is playing a lot of golf. He could be in his office working instead.

#38 | POSTED BY DOCNJO

Nope. He would just be in his office tweeting more.

He is a Republican. Shown to be absolutely incompetent at governing. He isn't getting nothing done because he is golfing too much. He is getting nothing done because he is a Republican, and Republicans elect idiots.

#41 | Posted by gtbritishskull at 2019-05-24 03:15 PM | Reply

Did anyone mention he has foregone his Presidential salary?

#23 | Posted by drivelikejehu

While making millions for charging taxpayers for rooms and golf carts for his entourage.

All after SWEARING during the 2016 campaign he wouldn't be playing golf, at all!!.

#42 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-05-24 03:39 PM | Reply

#35 | Posted by Rincewind At least he isn't taking a dime of pay and it is probity the case he will not have the fortune he had when he entered the office. Both Obama and Clinton became very wealthy while they were in office. Hillery made more than ether while Sec,of State.

#40 | POSTED BY DOCNJO

Wait...do you really believe this?

You honestly believe he isn't making money while in the White House?

#43 | Posted by Sycophant at 2019-05-24 05:15 PM | Reply

You honestly believe he isn't making money while in the White House?
#43 | POSTED BY SYCOPHANT

Already tens of millions dropped into Trump's own golf courses.

Oh, but he's not taking a salary. So boo.

#44 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2019-05-24 05:37 PM | Reply

Oh, but he's not taking a salary. So boo.

If he isn't taking a salary, why does he get so much publicity for donating it?

#45 | Posted by REDIAL at 2019-05-24 05:57 PM | Reply

#45 | Posted by REDIAL, I never saw that news on the MSM.
#43 | Posted by Sycophant, Nope, power is more intoxicating than material gain.
#44 | Posted by rstybeach11 You do realize that when Trump plays golf, no one else is on the course, with the loss of green fees it looks like a wash.

#46 | Posted by docnjo at 2019-05-24 10:52 PM | Reply

#45 | Posted by REDIAL, I never saw that news on the MSM.

Hit the Googles. He donates his salary every quarter. If he wasn't taking it, how could he donate it?

#47 | Posted by REDIAL at 2019-05-24 11:15 PM | Reply

Who does he donate it to? That phony-baloney Trump Foundation?

#48 | Posted by Rincewind at 2019-05-25 04:46 AM | Reply

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