The Trump Presidency (and entourage) has a hefty price tag.
There have been numerous stories regarding the incredible security and travel costs for the First Extended Family.
I picked one.
It’s a lovely cabal of greedy creeps.
On March 18, The Post’s Philip Rucker and Robert Costa reported on the unexpected influence of a “coterie of ascendant Manhattan business figures” around Trump aligned with son-in-law Jared Kushner: Gary Cohn and Dina Powell, formerly of Goldman Sachs, and two other businessmen recruited by Kushner, Chris Liddell and Reed Cordish. They, along with finance and industry heavies in the Cabinet such as Wilbur Ross, Steven Mnuchin and Rex Tillerson, are providing a counterweight to adviser Stephen K. Bannon’s populism.
And considering the options here? That's a good thing. Since Stephen K. Bannon is nuts!
A budget-conscious president would spend weekends at Camp David rather than hopping on Air Force One, at about $200,000 an hour, to Palm Beach, Fla. The Post’s Philip Bump estimated spending on Trump’s travel and protection, if it continues at current rates, at $526 million for his presidency. This dwarfs what was spent by Trump’s predecessors, even though Trump in 2012 tweeted that Obama’s “vacation is costing taxpayers millions of dollars — unbelievable!”
Who would have thought?
It costs a fucking bundle to keep the manchild douchebag happy.
Trump has already used his office to boost Trump properties by dining at the Trump International Hotel in Washington and playing golf on his courses. And the Trump administration has told the Trump Organization that this is just fine. The General Services Administration on Thursday declared that the Trump Organization is in “full compliance” with the terms of its lease of the Trump International facility, even though the agreement says no “elected official of the government of the United States” can get “any benefit” from the lease. Trump stepped down from day-to-day management of his company, but he and his family still stand to make out financially.
The country is going to shit. But brand "Trump" is doing just fine.
Trump, who has often pointed out that he’s exempt from conflict-of-interest rules, isn’t just any elected official. Last Wednesday, when asked by Time’s Michael Scherer about credibility problems over his false intelligence claims, Trump had an imperious justification: “I’m president, and you’re not.”
Or, as another big-spending politician once put it: L’etat, c’est moi.