HuffPost says president's golfing trips to Trump properties cost taxpayers over $100 million in travel and security expenses

 HuffPost says president's golfing trips to Trump properties cost taxpayers over $100 million in travel and security expenses

The Huffington Post in a new report writes that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump's top adviser on Asia to serve as deputy national security adviser United Auto Workers strike against GM poised to head into eighth day Trump doubles down on call to investigate Biden after whistleblower complaint: 'That's the real story' MORE's golfing trips have cost U.S. taxpayers more than $100 million since the start of his presidency, a finding that largely results from his frequent trips to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

The liberal web site said trips to Florida, including stops at his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, have cost $81 million in total travel and security costs, according to its analysis.  


When Mar-a-Lago is open in the winter months, Trump frequently travels to Florida and routinely golfs on the weekends, though the White House generally does not offer any information on his trips to the courses.

During the summer, it's more common for Trump to travel to Bedminster, N.J., where he owns a golf club. Those trips totaled $17 million in travel and security costs, according to HuffPost, according to the Huffington Post.

It also included a trip the president made to Scotland last year that cost more than $3 million in reaching its total. Trump visited a hotel and golf course he owns while on the government trip. 

A Trump trip to Los Angeles last year also included a Trump trip to play golf at his California property. That trip cost an estimated $1 million, it said. 

The Huffington Post did not include trips to golf courses in the Washington area in reaching its total, though it noted that the president has made 52 trips to a course at Andrews Air Force Base and a golf course at a Trump property in Virginia.

It wrote that the costs of Trump's trips rise the farther he travels from Washington, D.C., and that most of the costs are associated with flying on Air Force One.

The White House has defended Trump's travels to Mar-a-Lago, where the president has dined with foreign leaders and conducted business, it says.

“He is not vacationing when he goes to Mar-a-Lago,” White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham told the Washington Post in 2017, months after Trump's inauguration. “The president works nonstop every day of the week, no matter where he is.”

But Trump routinely complained about former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaKrystal Ball tears into 'Never Trump' Republicans Sanders campaign announces it contacted over 1 million Iowa voters Iowa Steak Fry to draw record crowds for Democrats MORE's time on the golf course before he became president himself, arguing Obama should have been spending his time working for the country. Trump even said he doubted he would visit his own golf courses while president, something that hasn't turned out to be the case.

“I love golf, but if I were in the White House, I don’t think I’d ever see Turnberry again," he said of his Scottish course during a February 2016 campaign rally, the Huffington Post noted.

"I don’t think I’d ever see Doral again. I don’t ever think I’d see anything. I just want to stay in the White House and work my ass off.”

The Obama White House defended Obama's regular golfing from criticism by conservatives, saying all presidents needed down time to conduct the high-pressure work of being U.S. president. 

Obama usually golfed at local courses and did not regularly travel outside Washington for weekend vacations, instead taking near-annual trips to Hawaii at Christmas. He also had visited Martha's Vineyard twice by this point in Trump's presidency, the HuffPost noted. Obama golfed on those trips.

The conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch previously estimated that Obama spent $97 million in travel expenses over two terms of his presidency. 

The White House did not immediately return a request for comment Wednesday from The Hill on HuffPost's analysis.