In a month, the Trump family has cost taxpayers almost as much as the Obamas did in a year
Donald Trump’s family’s trips have cost taxpayers nearly as much in a month as Barack Obama’s cost in an entire year. The US President’s three visits to his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida since his presidential inauguration, combined with his sons’ business trips, reportedly cost $11.3m (£9.1m).

“This is an expensive way to conduct business, and the President should recognise that,” said conservative watchdog Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton, speaking to the Washington Post.

“The unique thing about President Trump is that he knows what it costs to run a plane.

“Going down [to Mar-a-Lago] ain’t free.”

The three Mar-a-Lago trips in Palm Beach cost the federal treasury around $10m, based on figures used in an October government report analysing White House travel.

This includes cash for coast guards to patrol the exposed shoreline. Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw also says it has cost local taxpayers $360,000 in police overtime for his three weekends in Florida since 20 January.

Judicial Watch estimated Mr Obama’s travel expenses totalled an average $12.1m in each of his eight years in the White House.


Donald Trump still hasn’t released his taxes. While speculating about their contents is irresponsible, if they’re anything like his 1995 tax returns, they must be spectacularly embarrassing for a President already dogged by questions about foreign influence in his administration.

Now a petition for Trump to release his tax returns has significantly passed a major milestone. Here’s what will happen next


Protesters are planning to march for Trump’s tax return on Tax Day

  • Opponents of Trump — including leaders from the Women’s March — plan to stage a large scale protest in Washington on April 15 to demand the president release his tax returns.
  • On Tax Day, a coalition of liberal groups will lead a march from the U.S. Capitol to the White House. 
  • Protests will be held in other cities around the country, as well.
  • “Tens of thousands of Americans will send a clear message to Donald Trump,” according to the organizers. “The president is accountable to the American people, and he must answer to us.” Read more (2/17/17 11:13 AM)

Thanks to the Pentagon, the American taxpayer may be sending money right into Trump’s pocket

  • The Department of Defense is mulling whether to rent space in Trump Tower in New York, according to the New York Times, a move that could directly line Trump’s pocket with taxpayer cash.
  • A Defense Department spokesman said the the space is “necessary for the personnel and equipment” to protect the Trumps in their personal residence in the tower, the New York Times reported. First lady Melania Trump and Trump’s son Barron live there full time. Read more

Profit – the unpaid surplus created by labor and appropriated by capital – is essentially a tax on labor with none of the pretense that it’s coming back to you in some way. In the best case scenario for tax, it’s put towards social programs and helpful common utilities. Profit, on the other hand, is essentially a tax on the worker’s labor for not owning means of production, a tax that is always there to line the pockets of the capitalist.

And that’s not even going into rent, the tax on the tenant enforced by the landlord.