According to a report on presidential expenses, the American public spent at least $43 million in order to support President Donald Trump‘s considerable golf habit in 2017.
The $43 million total is a low-end estimate provided by TrumpGolfCount.com and is based on confirmed news reports of presidential golf outings published by The Washington Post. Additional sources include White House Public Press Pool postings about golf and a handful of additional stories regarding Trump’s frequent golf forays issued by various media.
As noted by Law And Crime:
“President Trump made a confirmed 88 visits to various golf courses in 2017, played at least 43 times and likely played around 76 games of golf–at a cost of roughly $1 million per game–all on the dime of the American people.”
To break down the numbers a bit, taxpayers shelled out just shy of $20 million for airfare on Trump’s golf outings to Mar-a-Lago alone. An additional $8.5 million was spent on flights to Trump’s Bedminster club.”
Bedminster, New Jersey is the home of the Trump National Golf Course. Sterling, Virginia is the home of the Trump National Golf Club. The entire methodology employed by TrumpGolfCount.com is explained here.
A side-by-side comparison between Presidents Obama and Trump shows that, after the first year of each man’s presidency, Obama had only played golf 23 times and Trump played at least 43 times in that same timespan.