Proposed Secret Service Budget Increases By $58 Million; $61 Million Added To Reimburse Local Law Enforcement; Each Mar-a-lago Trip Estimated To Cost Over $3 Million
Each visit by President Trump to his Mar-a-lago golf resort is estimated to cost $3.6 million. While full details are not available about the cost, logistics, and timing of Presidential travel, “estimates of Mr Trump’s costs have been made based on a similar trip former President Barack Obama took to Florida by way of Chicago. On that trip, in February 2013, Mr Obama visited Palm Beach, Florida — the city where Mar-a-Lago is — after a short stop in his home city. That trip cost a total of $3.6 million, according to a report from the US Government Accountability Office.”
“For example, a president could take two identical weekend trips to Palm Beach, both trips requiring a C-130 Hercules transport aircraft. But one trip could cost a good deal more than the other depending on where the C-130 has to fly in from. Military logistics could mean that one week it comes from Delaware, the next from Texas.
Or, if the president’s event schedule for one of the Palm Beach weekends requires a helicopter, an additional or bigger plane might be necessary to transport the helicopter.”
Trump has so far played golf and visited golf courses more often than other recent presidents, doing so 41 times over the first 191 days of his presidency. Assuming no difference in cost per trip, this still adds additional cost through an increase in total trips. The latest proposed federal government spending bill includes an extra $58 million for more secret service coverage.
This additional local travel is also an additional burden on local law enforcement.
Bedminster NJ, a location of a Trump golf course, estimates having to spend “$12,000 per day on his visits, and up to $300,000 over the course of the summer.”
To cover security at Trump’s Mar-a-lago Resort while he visits, “Palm Beach County, Florida, spends more than $60,000 a day when the president visits, mostly for law enforcement overtime.”
The latest proposed spending bill also adds $61 million to reimburse local law enforcement for additional security.