Friday, May 12, 2017

Spending Spree Trump Visit to Saudi Arabia

Donald Trump’s presidential term is set to reach whole new levels of extravagance when he visits Saudi Arabia this month in his first official state visit.


The kingdom has allocated 257 million rials (nearly $68 million) for Trump’s visit, scheduled to begin on May 19.


The Donald’s roughly 12.5-hour flight to the Saudi kingdom will cost $1.7 million alone – even without factoring in additional costs for security and medical personnel.

He has already added $60 million to the overall budget for presidential travel and protection (and that of the First Family) for 2018. Air Force One carries an estimated cost of $140,000 per flying hour, according to Judicial Watch's president, Tom Fitton.

"It's a snapshot cost, in the sense that there are other costs obviously involved that we could get, but the government just doesn't want to give it to us or they keep secret for some reason," Fitton told NPR in April.


The current POTUS and his family are expected to outspend Obama’s two terms in office with regards travel arrangements in just Trump’s first year in the White House.

That should be something he can crow about.

...but hey, do what you will anyway.

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