Donald Trump’s Lifestyle Could Cost Taxpayers Nearly $1 Billion
Trips to Mar-a-Lago, Melania in Trump Tower, and a sprawling, globe-trotting family don’t come cheap.
By Emily Jane Fox

When Donald Trump won the election in November, there was an expectation that the 70-year-old billionaire would undergo a transformation. 

Gone would be the harsh campaign rhetoric and the unspecific policy plans. Gone, too, would be the comforts of his gaudy, flamboyant lifestyle. He would stop tweeting, stop self-promoting, and relinquish his businesses. The magnitude of his powerful new role and the sheer awe of being behind the Resolute desk in the Oval Office would change him.

But septuagenarians worth nine figures (or at least those who say they are) are, generally, loath to change. You may move Donald Trump out of Trump Tower and into the White House, but you can’t take the Trump Tower out of the president. That is particularly true when the president’s wife, Melania, opts to stay in Manhattan with their son Barron instead of moving to Washington, and the president decides to travel to his private Palm Beach club, Mar-a-Lago, six times in his first 11 weeks in office.

Of the 82 days of Trump’s presidency, 21 of them have been spent at Mar-a-Lago. Seventeen of them have been spent on the golf course

As CNN reported, these trips have cost roughly $21.6 million. (That number does not include the substantial sums the Secret Service spends to protect the president’s children when they travel overseas for business trips, as Eric Trump did in January when he flew to Uruguay to promote the Trump Organization. Nor does it include the unknown cost to taxpayers when nearly 100 Secret Service agents escorted the president’s extended family on a spring break trip to Aspen last month.)

honestly can people stop giving kanye a pass for every incredibly disgusting thing he says and does? his support for bill cosby was ignored. his sexual harassment of taylor swift, amber rose, and rihanna in the famous video was absolutely inexcusable, yet venerated as “art”. it even got several vma nominations. his consistent slut-shaming against amber rose and other women is often glanced over. his casting call for “biracial women only” in one of his music videos was excused because apparently casting calls are supposed to be that specific. some blamed his tirade against black empowerment and support of donald trump on the kardashians influencing him (HOW? when they all supported hillary clinton?). and now he’s met with donald trump himself in trump tower. what else does he have to do to let yall know hes a bad person? portray himself in a giant fucking orgy with donald trump, among several other rapists, racists, and women abusers? oh wait. he already did that…..
Trump Tower security is costing the US taxpayer $400,000 every single day
The New York Mayor is going to send the White House a bill for $35m to cover the cost of the enormous security operation around Trump Tower. Bill De Blasio has said he is going to write to the Obama administration setting out the daily $400,000 bill from November 8 too January 20 - the day of Donald Trump's inauguration. The letter reads: "Municipal or state resources should not be subsidizing the President-Elect's decision to maintain multiple permanent residences.

Hey; it’s only money! Screw the taxpayers!

Yes, the article is from December, but a more recent article reports Melania Trump isn’t moving to Washington, DC, so they’ll still be using heavy security around the building.

If President Trump announces that North Korea launched a missile that landed within 100 miles of Hawaii, would most Americans believe him? Would the rest of the world? We’re not sure, which speaks to the damage that Mr. Trump is doing to his Presidency with his seemingly endless stream of exaggerations, evidence-free accusations, implausible denials and other falsehoods.

The latest example is Mr. Trump’s refusal to back off his Saturday morning tweet of three weeks ago that he had “found out that [Barack] Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory” on Election Day. He has offered no evidence for his claim, and a parade of intelligence officials, senior Republicans and Democrats have since said they have seen no such evidence.

Yet the President clings to his assertion like a drunk to an empty gin bottle, rolling out his press spokesman to make more dubious claims. Sean Spicer—who doesn’t deserve this treatment—was dispatched last week to repeat an assertion by a Fox News commentator that perhaps the Obama Administration had subcontracted the wiretap to British intelligence.

That bungle led to a public denial from the British Government Communications Headquarters, and British news reports said the U.S. apologized. But then the White House claimed there was no apology. For the sake of grasping for any evidence to back up his original tweet, and the sin of pride in not admitting error, Mr. Trump had his spokesman repeat an unchecked TV claim that insulted an ally.

The wiretap tweet is also costing Mr. Trump politically as he hands his opponents a sword. Mr. Trump has a legitimate question about why the U.S. was listening to his former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, and who leaked news of his meeting with the Russian ambassador. But that question never gets a hearing because the near-daily repudiation of his false tweet is a bigger media story.

FBI director James Comey also took revenge on Monday by joining the queue of those saying the bureau has no evidence to back up the wiretap tweet. Mr. Comey even took the unusual step of confirming that the FBI is investigating ties between the Trump election campaign and Russia.

Mr. Comey said he could make such a public admission only in “unusual circumstances,” but why now? Could the wiretap tweet have made Mr. Comey angry because it implied the FBI was involved in illegal surveillance? Mr. Trump blundered in keeping Mr. Comey in the job after the election, but now the President can’t fire the man leading an investigation into his campaign even if he wants to.

All of this continues the pattern from the campaign that Mr. Trump is his own worst political enemy. He survived his many false claims as a candidate because his core supporters treated it as mere hyperbole and his opponent was “untrustworthy” Hillary Clinton. But now he’s President, and he needs support beyond the Breitbart cheering section that will excuse anything. As he is learning with the health-care bill, Mr. Trump needs partners in his own party to pass his agenda. He also needs friends abroad who are willing to trust him when he asks for support, not least in a crisis.

This week should be dominated by the smooth political sailing for Mr. Trump’s Supreme Court nominee and the progress of health-care reform on Capitol Hill. These are historic events, and success will show he can deliver on his promises. But instead the week has been dominated by the news that he was repudiated by his own FBI director.

Two months into his Presidency, Gallup has Mr. Trump’s approval rating at 39%. No doubt Mr. Trump considers that fake news, but if he doesn’t show more respect for the truth most Americans may conclude he’s a fake President.


Wall Street Journal Editorial Board on “President” Trump’s (lack of) credibility and his repeated lies (03.21.2017)

Tonight’s The Wall Street Journal​ Editorial nails our serial lying “President” who is currently under FBI investigation very good for the untruths that he’s uttered over the course of his “Presidency” and beforehand.

The United Engineering Center, 345 E. 47th Street, New York City, was headquarters to the major engineering United States engineering societies (ASCE, AIME, ASME, IEEE, AIChE and the UEF) from 1960 to 1997. In 1997, the building was sold to Donald Trump and demolished in 1998 to make room for the Trump World Tower, a 72 floor residential tower.
Vancouver officials boycott Trump Tower grand opening - BBC News
Vancouver's mayor and entire city council skip the luxury hotel's opening.

Vancouver’s new Trump International Hotel and Tower has opened with pomp and protests.

US President Donald Trump’s two adult sons, Donald Jr and Eric, were at the luxury hotel’s grand opening.

About 200 protesters gathered outside the building to chant “dump Trump” before the noon ceremony.

The city’s mayor and city council boycotted the event because of the president’s controversial statements about immigrants.

Steel fences surrounded the downtown property early Tuesday ahead of the ceremony, but that didn’t stop the demonstrations.

The words “hate lives here” were scrawled in chalk outside the CA$360m ($274m/£220m) luxury hotel, and people stuck anti-Trump sticky notes to the outside of the building.

Another protest was scheduled to take place in downtown Vancouver for 1600 local time (midnight GMT).

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