Oh, how considerate.
President Trump said he’s spending the weekend in New Jersey instead of Trump Tower to save the government money — even though his past trips might’ve cost taxpayers millions of dollars.
“Rather than causing a big disruption in N.Y.C., I will be working out of my home in Bedminster, N.J. this weekend. Also saves country money!” Trump wrote around 9 a.m. Friday.
The President made his first trip back to New York City Thursday night since taking office in January. After speaking at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, the commander-in-chief headed to Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster instead of his Fifth Ave. home in Manhattan.
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It costs the NYPD about $308,000 per day to protect Trump Tower when the President is there, the city said earlier this week. Protecting the building — where the First Lady and Trump’s youngest son live — when the billionaire isn’t there costs the Big Apple anywhere from $127,000 to $146,000 each day.
Trump previously indicated he plans to make Bedminster his “summer White House,” forcing the small town of 8,500 to brace for a season of traffic jams and increased police activity.
Should Trump spend seven of 12 months this summer at his New Jersey resort, Bedminster Mayor previously told the Daily News the visits could cost the rural town up to $300,000 in police overtime.
Even though it might be cheaper for Trump to stay across the Hudson in New Jersey, the President’s frequent weekend trips to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida have come under heavy fire because of their estimated cost.
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Trump critics claim each trip from Washington, D.C. to Florida costs taxpayers $3 million — based on a 2013 golf trip President Obama took to Palm Beach.
An expert told The Associated Press last month that the cost of that trip can’t be tied to Trump’s Florida trips, however.
Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch has said each Mar-a-Lago trip has cost closer to $1 million.
Flying Air Force One to Florida for two weekends — one in February and another in March — cost the U.S. Air Force nearly $1.3 million in total, Judicial Watch said in a report published Thursday. The March trip included a trip to Orlando, however, where Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos toured a Catholic school.
The Government Accountability Office said in March it would monitor the price tag on Trump’s trips to Mar-a-Lago.
The White House, which didn’t immediately return a request for comment, has defended the frequent traveling as work trips where the President has built relationships with foreign leaders.
Trump hosted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in February at the resort. Last month, he met with Chinese President Xi Jinping — during which time he authorized a missile strike against a Syrian air base.