Trump is the least-traveled president since Reagan: USA Today
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A new study by USA Today found that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rages against '60 Minutes' for interview with Krebs Cornyn spox: Neera Tanden has 'no chance' of being confirmed as Biden's OMB pick Pa. lawmaker was informed of positive coronavirus test while meeting with Trump: report MORE is the least-traveled president since Ronald Reagan.

The USA Today study, released Thursday, shows that Trump has visited less of the United States at this point in his presidency than any president since Reagan, who left office in 1989.

"He seems to be traveling a lot, but so much of it seems to be traveling to second homes," Brendan Doherty, a political science professor at the U.S. Naval Academy who tracks presidential travel, told USA Today.


Doherty tracked the president’s public visits outside of his personal visits to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla., and his home in Bedminster, N.J. 

In his first year in office, Trump reportedly spent more than 130 days at his personal properties. 

When out on presidential business, Trump’s favors purple battleground states where he can fly in and out in one day. He has visited Ohio, Texas and West Virginia three times each, according to Doherty's data. 

His most-visited state is Pennsylvania, where he is expected to make his fifth trip this weekend for a Pittsburgh campaign rally. 

He also likes to travel to “safe” red states like Tennessee, Kentucky and West Virginia. 

"He seems to like to go places where he's already very popular or is likely to get a raucous welcome," Doherty said.

In the U.S., Trump has only spent one night of his presidency at a hotel he didn’t own, USA Today reported. 

Trump has spent 60 days visiting states thus far in his presidency. By comparison, George W. Bush spent the most time of any president in other states — 112 days — in the same time frame.

Reagan and Jimmy Carter both spent only 32 days in other states during the first 14 months of their presidencies. 

Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaMullen: 'National security issues do not wait' for presidential transitions Is Trump headed to another campaign or to a courtroom? With the Chang'e 5 launch, China takes a giant leap forward in the race to the moon MORE spent 77 days in other states, Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonOne-termers: What Trump can learn from Carter and Bush's re-election losses Biden's climate plans can cut emissions and also be good politics Trump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College MORE spent 82 days visiting states and George H.W. Bush spent 73 days visiting states at this point in their respective presidencies.

Trump will visit California next week for the first time where he is expected to view eight prototypes for his desired border wall. 

Past presidents in modern history visited the heavily Democratic state of California, the nation’s most populous state, much earlier in their presidency than Trump. 

President Franklin Roosevelt was inaugurated in 1933 and didn’t visit until 1935 when he took a cross-country train to dedicate the Hoover Dam, according to USA Today. However, that was before Air Force One existed.

A report from conservative group Judicial Watch found that Trump's travel costs for his personal trips cost taxpayers nearly $3.2 million between June and December 2017.

By comparison, Obama's total travel costs for his last fiscal year in office totaled just $882,756.