The Trump Administration plans to cut funding for several popular domestic programs, such as PBS and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Both programs make up less than 0.0625% of the Federal budget. Meanwhile, the cost of facilitating the Trump familyâs lifestyle could cost taxpayers some $300 million more annually than the previous first family, a Reverb Press investigation concludes.
Estimated cost if Trump continues to visit Mar-a-Lago every weekend: $120 million. Estimated cost of Trump Tower security: $183 million.At issue are President Trumpâs frequent trips to his Mar-a-Lago clubhouse in Florida, which have already cost taxpayers $10 million, and the First Ladyâs decision to live at the coupleâs Trump Tower penthouseâthe security for which will cost taxpayers an estimated $183 million per year. Some Trump aides have reportedly encouraged the Commander in Chief to spend less time at his âWinter White Houseâ and visit Camp David. The presidential retreat is a short helicopter ride from the White House. But multiple reports indicate Trump is happiest when hobnobbing with guests at his glitzy Palm Beach getaway.
If President Trump continues to visit Mar-a-Lago three times a month for the next twelve months, heâll rack up a security bill of roughly $120 million.
At their highest, estimates put the cost of protecting Trump Tower at twice the NEAâs total proposed budget for 2017. If First Lady Melania Trump continues to reside at the penthouse, it will cost taxpayers some $183 million per year.
That adds up to an extra $303 million per yearânot including security costs for protecting family members other than the President and First Lady. His sonsâ business trips, for example, would add another $1.3 million to the figure.
For comparison, PBSâs proposed budget for 2016 was $341.7 million, while the NEAâs proposed budget for 2017 is just $149.849 million. President Obamaâs travel expenses cost taxpayers roughly $12 million a year, according to the conservative group Judicial Watch.