The White House is declining to make a comment on estimated costs of US President Trump’s consecutive weekends spent in his Mar-A-Lago Resort in Florida.
The President himself said he intends on using the resort for hosting world leaders. He had already hosted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Mar-a-Lago, as paying club members also stayed on the grounds.
Despite a government meeting as the leaders discussed a deal regarding North Korea’s missile launch, guests continue to stay.
Immense Spending Costing Taxpayers
A conservative watchdog monitor that tracks the expenses of the President has criticized his spending thus far.
“This is an expensive way to conduct business, and the President should recognise that,” Tom Fitton, the president of the group, said. “The unique thing about President Trump is that he knows what it costs to run a plane.”
Even a Senator from Trump’s Republican Party raised his own concerns regarding the safety of the resort.
“Mar-a-Lago is no Camp David,” Lois Frankel, representative of the nearby Palm Beach, said. “It’s not set up with the intention or the forethought of keeping the president safe.”
Coming along with expenses the President has accumulated while visiting Florida, Melania Trump, the First Lady, is costing over $500,000 per day due to extra policing around the Trump Tower in New York, where she resides with their son Barron.
Authorities and officials throughout the are fearing a potential cost of a whopping $183 million a year only spent on guarding the building, say the NY Daily News.
The City recently requested $35 million in order to assist them in covering costs, but have only gotten $7 million thus far.
City Requesting Help
Chuck Schumer, a Democratic Senator, has called for more contributions to Trump’s security costs.
“We all know that it is a national responsibility of the federal government to protect the President. And that’s as it should be,” he said to journalists. “But right now, New York City taxpayers are paying a huge amount of money to protect the President and the Trump Tower.
“This is his responsibility and I hope the President will step up to the plate.”
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio promised he would be tracking all costs connected to security for the Trump Tower throughout the Presidency.