Taxpayers Paid This Unbelievable Amount Of Money Every Minute Trump Spent At His Hawaiian Property
How many people would agree that paying tax dollars to have the president of the United States take trips to his properties is outrageous? Surely many would agree. Donald Trump took a trip earlier this month to Honolulu, which included a stop at his own branded hotel. That trip cost taxpayers almost $141,000, or more than $100 a minute.
Trump’s trip to Hawaii came just hours before he departed to his lengthy Asia trip. The Hawaiian trip didn’t come at a cheap price, taxpayers had to pay $127 per minute and more than $7,600 an hour. Because the U.S. Department of Homeland Security did not designate Trump’s trip a National Special Security Event, the city will not be reimbursed.
According to the Associated Press, the Honolulu Police Department had to pay out overtime expenses totaling more than $100,000.
Trump was “welcomed” by a group of protestors when he arrived on the island which cost taxpayers $9,000 for traffic and crowd control instruments such as concrete barriers. Other costs included $14,600 for the Department of Faculty Management, more than $5,000 for the Honolulu Fire Department and the $3,800 incurred by the Department of Parks and Recreation. The costs listed do not include the travel itself or expenses incurred by the Secret Service.
Trump took a detour while in Hawaii to the Trump International Hotel Waikiki.
“The president stopped by the Trump Hotel on his way to the airport,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said of the detour at the time. “It has been a tremendously successful project and he wanted to say hello and thank you to the employees for all their hard work.”
Trump continues to cost taxpayers a large amount of money. The president is spending the Thanksgiving holiday at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, where, by the time he departs, he will have spent 30 days as president, at an estimated cost to the taxpayer of $16 million.
As of Friday, November 24, Trump has spent 101 of his 308 days as president at one of his own properties.