To the Editor:
During the presidential campaign, Trump criticized President Obama for spending too much time on the golf course. In August, 2016, he declared before an audience of frothing fans in Virginia, “I’m going to be working for you. I’m not going to have time to play golf.”
There’s a sucker born every minute. In Trump’s case, there were millions of them.
To date, U.S. taxpayers have spent $81 million for the president’s two dozen trips to Florida, $17 million for his 15 trips to New Jersey, another $1 million to visit his resort in Los Angeles and at least $3 million for his two days in Scotland last summer ― $1.3 million of which went just for rental cars on that trip.
$102 million taxpayer dollars to play golf. This represents 255 times the annual presidential salary he volunteered not to take. And of course, a goodly portion of that expense went directly into Trump’s pockets since the courses, and accommodations, were at his private clubs. The cost of Obama’s golf outings 80 weeks into his presidency? $17.5 million.
There’s a silver lining to this: As Robert Weissman, president of the consumer watchdog group Public Citizen, observed, “Of course, the more time he spends golfing, the less time he spends governing.”
St. Johnsbury, Vermont