Question: “President Obama, when he was in office, he spent $33,000 a day for his expenses. . . . Our boss now, during this time, his normal is $3 million a day.”
Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.): “It’s costing him $60,000 a day when he comes down for additional care, though Palm Beach pronounced they’re going to put an additional taxation for that. President Obama spent, what was it, $97 million in his 8 years. . . . He went to Hawaii a lot. He went to Africa utterly a bit. He went around a world. . . . He went to Africa, and he took their kids and friends and all that. Ninety-seven-million dollars in 8 years, man.”
— Exchange during a city gymnasium in Palatka, Fla., Apr 11, 2017
Question: “I listened we contend progressing that we didn’t caring what Donald Trump did on a weekend and, frankly, conjunction do I. Except, he wants me to compensate for it. . . . Does this regard we during all?”
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.): “I wasn’t vicious of a final boss or a boss before that, for what they do in their off time. . . . I’m not going to tell a boss where he can or can't spend his weekends.”
— Exchange during a city gymnasium in Mesa, Ariz., Apr 13, 2017
“I do wish that he would spend some-more time in Washington, D.C. That’s what we have a White House for.”
— Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), answer during city hall in Wall Lake, Iowa, April 18, 2017
President Trump’s travels to his Mar-a-Lago skill in Florida are a visit subject during city halls hosted by members of Congress during a Apr recess. We’ve been asking readers to send us fact-checkable claims from their city halls, and some readers flagged claims about a cost of Trump’s trips.
Flake and Ernst common their opinions in response to constituents’ questions. But Yoho’s response concerned claims that consequence a fact check. Did Obama go to Africa “quite a bit” with his family and friends? How does a $97 million figure for Obama’s travels review with a $60,000-a-day figure for Trump’s travels to Mar-a-Lago?
Presidential transport costs are not straightforwardly done public, so during a impulse we usually have snapshots of a sum cost tag. As we can imagine, presidential trips require elaborate formulation and confidence measures, and a categorical costs involve transportation and Secret Service detail.
There were a lot of numbers in a sell between a basic and Yoho, so we’ll explain any of them.
Obama’s $97 million over 8 years: This is an guess by a regressive organisation Judicial Watch, which tallied Secret Service and Air Force costs incurred during a former initial family’s personal travels. Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton pronounced a organisation tracked trips that were “political, resting or differently unnecessary,” including vacations to Martha’s Vineyard and travels during a 2016 debate as Hillary Clinton’s surrogates.
Obama’s $33,000 per day: This is $97 million, divided by 8 years, divided by 365 days.
Trump’s $3 million per day: The basic appears to be referring to a series floating on a Internet for Trump’s cost per outing to Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach. The figure, $3.6 million to be exact, comes from an October 2016 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report about Obama’s February 2013 golf weekend to Palm Beach.
But as a Associated Press found, a trips are not directly comparable. Obama’s Feb 2013 outing enclosed a stop in Chicago, where he gave a debate before going to Florida for his golf weekend. That stop combined costs to a sum estimate.
Judicial Watch estimates Trump’s Mar-a-Lago visits at closer to $1 million, when calculated just with a estimated costs for Air Force One and Secret Service. But there is no documented figure.
Trump’s $60,000 per day: Yoho is describing how many it costs Palm Beach County each day to compensate for internal law coercion to work overtime when Trump visits Mar-a-Lago. As Yoho says, a county wants to levy a special taxation on a review to compensate for a overtime confidence costs.
That is usually one piece of a sum cost of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago visits, and it excludes Secret Service or Air Force costs. Moreover, some of Trump’s trips to Mar-a-Lago are “working” trips, where he conducts some central business, such as hosting unfamiliar dignitaries during his golf club. That means they’re not directly allied to a quite resting trips tallied underneath Obama’s $97 million.
Fitton pronounced some Mar-a-Lago trips can be fit and wouldn’t indispensably prove a injustice or abuse of presidential travel.
“His [Obama’s] vacations to Hawaii cost millions of dollars,” Fitton said. “The domestic problem with President Trump, and a burden problem, is after a duration of time, a cost will be formidable for him to be means to defend. It doesn’t assistance that we don’t know what a [total] costs are since a Defense Department and Department of Homeland Security [which oversees a Secret Service] haven’t gotten their act together to spin them over to us.”
The Washington Post reported that a scarcely intemperate lifestyle of Trump and his family is pulling a rate of his transport costs over his predecessors’, and “could balloon into a hundreds of millions of dollars over a march of a four-year term.”
Did Obama go to Africa “quite a bit” with his friends and family? Not really.
Obama took 3 trips to seven African countries. That’s seven out of 58 countries he visited as boss by both terms. President Bill Clinton visited 10 African countries, and George W. Bush visited 11. Bush visited once with his mother and dual daughters, and another time usually with his wife.
Obama took his mother and daughters on his 2013 outing to 3 African countries, during an estimated cost tab of tens of millions of dollars — presumably a many dear of his tenure. The sovereign supervision supposing all a resources, since a options in building areas did not accommodate White House standards, The Post reported. That done a outing quite costly. Clinton and Bush done likewise resource-intensive trips.
Yoho’s staff did not yield a response or comment, though we will refurbish this fact check if we accept one.
The Pinocchio Test
There was a lot of seductiveness during new city halls about Trump’s travels to Mar-a-Lago, and how many they are costing taxpayers. Yoho, responding to a basic with some false information, did not make an apples-to-apples comparison of Trump’s and Obama’s travels in a city hall. Yoho remarkable a daily cost of $60,000 for Trump’s Mar-a-Lago trips, vs. Obama’s $97 million in transport costs over 8 years. But a $60,000 represents a fragment of a costs per trip; it’s usually a cost to a Palm Beach County government.
Some of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago trips engage central work, since the Obama family trips counted in a $97 million figure are ones that a regressive organisation deemed “political, resting or differently unnecessary” to taxpayers. So a dual total are not directly comparable.
And while Obama’s trips to Africa were dear (as were a Africa trips of Bush and Clinton), he didn’t go “quite a bit” when we demeanour during his Africa trips compared with a rest of his travels as president. We endowment Two Pinocchios to Yoho.
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