Trump not concerned about Mar-a-lago costs, criticism

Trump not concerned about Mar-a-lago costs, criticism
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President Trump isn't concerned about the rising costs associated with his regular trips to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla., the White House press secretary said Wednesday. 

Sean Spicer addressed the topic during his briefing, when asked by Fox 5 DC's Ronica Cleary if Trump has "any concerns about the pushback" from Florida residents and taxpayers about those costs.

"No, he feels great," Spicer said. 

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Spicer added that such criticism did not play into Trump's decision to stay in Washington, D.C., last weekend and noted that Trump plans to remain in town this upcoming weekend as well. 

Trump has spent five weekends at Mar-a-Lago since his inauguration nine weeks ago. Critics have chided the president for those visits because of the travel and security costs associated with the trips.

This week, Democratic lawmakers successfully queried the Government Accountability Office to study the costs, as well as the security and handling of classified information associated with Trump’s stays in Palm Beach.

Last month, Democrats criticized Trump for working with staff on a response to a North Korean missile launch in part in public spaces at his resort. 

And this week, the Democratic lawmaker whose district includes the Mar-a-Lago estate asked the White House to alleviate the “financial burden” of his near-weekly visits.