Waste Alert: Trump Wants to Split Time Between White House & Trump Tower
We've all become accustomed to seeing the branded Trump plane as Donald Trump dominated our media for the past year and a half. In one of the more brilliant marketing plays of our time, Trump projected the aura of a world leader, since the only other branded plane Americans care about is Air Force One.
But it seems that now that Trump is President-Elect, his penchant for jetting around the country on a private 757 may come with a heavy price tag. As you know, the President of the United States flies aboard Air Force One, a sophisticated Boeing VC-25A jet that serves as a flying White House, war room, and communications hub.
According to the New York Times, Donald Trump and his advisors are discussing the 45th President splitting time between The White House and Trump Tower or his other properties. This signals a potentially huge waste of taxpayer money and something that we should watch for starting now.
Flights on Air Force One cost taxpayers an estimated $200,000 per hour due to staff, security, military support, and other expenses of operating a jumbo jet.
So, let's say President Trump escapes the White House for 30 weeks out of the year for a weekend trip home to Trump Tower. That's a one hour flight each way, two times per week, totaling $400,000 per week. Based on the President's built-in travel schedule for legitimate reasons and international work, let's say 30 weekends at Trump Tower might be possible each year. 30 weeks of this insane waste would have the taxpayers on the hook for a cool $12,000,000 each year.
We haven't even begun to account for the cost of getting President Trump from the White House to Andrews Air Force Base via Marine One. There's also the cost of the NYPD support required to get Trump's motorcade from Laguardia Airport to Trump Tower, unless he also decides to use a helicopter in New York City to bypass traffic. #TrumpTowerHelipad
Given Trump's record, I'm not entirely convinced that he'll follow the lead of Presidents who have used Air Force One for political purposes, and have reimbursed the government based on the cost of chartering a flight. The US taxpayer may see no reimbursements on the cost of Donald Trump being comfortable in his New York City tower. We are talking about the man whose campaign funneled cash into his own businesses time and time again.
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