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‘An abuse of power’: Taxpayers just funded $118 million of Trump’s golf tab, helping him ‘advertise his businesses’

12/24/2019 7:22 am ET Sneha Konda

American taxpayers funded over $118 million on President Donald Trump’s golfing at Mar-A-Lago and his various resorts.

Thanks to his expensive hobby, his expenses in three years, has reportedly exceeded those incurred by Obama’s family in two terms — that’s eight years.

The estimated bill he has racked up is now equal to 296 years of what a president actually gets paid. According to Title 3 of the US Code, the US President “shall earn” a salary of  $400,000. He’ll also get a $50,000 expense allowance every year and travel expenses “not exceeding $100,000 per annum.”

As of now, the $118 million that the president has cost the taxpayers has long surpassed that figure.

This number also includes the amount Americans are reportedly paying for his Secret Service detail, White House staff, and other members of his administration that accompany him on these Miami getaways.

While Twitterati was shocked at the whopping number, the fact that his resort Christmas/Hanukkah party had some questionable names on the guest list, caught people’s attention.

These parties are nothing new, according to Salon. Last year, after he met with Parkland shooting victims, “he and Melania hightailed it out of there to, yes, a Studio 54 party at Mar-a-Lago,” reads the report.

The president’s tweet on December 12 saying, “I will be there in two weeks, The Southern White House!” set ethical-concern bells ringing too. Jordan Libowitz, the communications director of the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics, a not-for-profit accountability watchdog told Newsweek,

“He’s no longer pretending that he’s not using the presidency to advertise his businesses. We’ve had decades of presidents who separated themselves from their assets in order to show the American people that they could not be bought, that they wouldn’t have any potential economic loyalties that would make them think of themselves in front of the American people. But we now have a president who literally is using his official statements to advertise his business.”

Not only is Trump using excessive amounts of taxpayer money to fund golf trips to his own hotel, but he is also using his platform as President to “advertise his business.”

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