It’s not the most significant broken promise of Trump’s presidency, but it might be the most brazen. In August of 2016, Donald Trump stood before an audience in northern Virginia and made a casual, but firm promise. As president, he said, “I’m going to be working for you. I’m not going to have time to play golf.”
President Donald Trump has racked up up a hefty golf bill since taking office, costing taxpayers an extra $102 million in travel and security expenses.
Another $17 million was spent for his 15 trips to Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in New Jersey, $1 million for a visit to his resort in Los Angeles and a minimum of $3 million was spent on a two day trip in July 2018 to the Trump International Golf Links in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
Almost half the money spent on the Scotland golf outing was to cover the rental cars expenses needed for the entourage that accompanies the president on his trips abroad.
Trump is a big golf fan, and even awarded golf legend Tiger Woods the Presidential Medal of Freedom after his comeback where he won the Masters last month.
The over $100 million in golf expenses is expected to increase substantially with Trump’s scheduled visit to his club in Doonbeg, Ireland next month, which, the analysis says will garner a seven-figure bill.
Trump is making his stop in Ireland as part of his scheduled June trip to Europe.
The White House announced Tuesday that he would be traveling to England and France as part of commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
Later in the day Tuesday the White House said that Trump would be meeting with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar in Shannon, Ireland, just a few dozen miles from the Doonbeg resort.
According to a CNN report, the president wanted to meet with Varadkar at his resort, but the Irish government felt it would be inappropriate.
‘Protocol dictates that any event they host for President Trump should be at a venue of their choosing and certainly not at an hotel owned by Trump.’ a source said of the Irish government, according to CNN. ‘It is a bit unseemly to demand that the Taoiseach (Irish prime minister) host President Trump at his hotel.’
Trump and other Republicans often criticized former President Barack Obama for golfing.
However, the current president has spent twice as many days on the course as Obama did at the same point in his first term, and Trump has cost taxpayers three times as much since he insists on trips to New Jersey and Florida to play at his resorts.
Trump volunteered not take the presidential salary, saving taxpayers $400,000 per year, but he has spent 255 times that amount on golf outings.
The cost is also three times the amount Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation cost taxpayers, which summated to more than $12.2 million.