Flying Trump to midterm rallies to stump for Republicans cost US taxpayers millions

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Play "Where's Waldo?" with this picture, "Waldo" being a Latino or black individual.

Stunning how this man thinks he's owed. How many taxpayer millions have gone to Trump's businesses, like Mar A Lago?
Flying Trump to midterm rallies to stump for Republicans
cost US taxpayers millions
US president Donald Trump flew to more than 40 political rallies in the months leading up to the 2018 mid-term elections, to coax his loyal fans to come out to the polls for Republican candidates. A Quartz analysis of Trump’s travel schedule and the latest Department of Defense operating figures for Air Force One aircraft suggests the tab for the air travel alone was $17 million.​
The costs so far have been borne almost completely by US taxpayers.​
How much of the estimated $17 million bill taxpayers will ultimately eat is still unclear. When presidents use Air Force One for campaign purposes, their political party or reelection campaign is supposed to cover a portion of the astronomical operating costs, according to Federal Election Commission rules. The Trump campaign reimbursed the Treasury roughly $112,000 for air travel in March and April. There has been no paperwork filed for any similar reimbursements since then.​
...You can see the entire breakdown of Trump’s rallies, flights, estimated costs, and the candidate he was supporting on each trip, in Quartz’s spreadsheet here....​
When then-president Barack Obama used Air Force One to fly with Hillary Clinton to a July 2016 campaign rally in North Carolina, the Clinton campaign reimbursed the US government $37,000 for the trip. Trump was an outspoken critic of the practice then.​
So far neither the White House nor the Republican National Committee (RNC) has indicated how much of Trump’s campaign travel costs have been paid back, or when they might be. Their share is based on the fair market cost of a charter flight to the same destination on an aircraft of similar size, divided by the number of so-called “campaign travelers” on the plane.​
Jessica Ditto, the White House spokesperson who handled questions about Trump’s campaign rallies this summer, referred all inquiries to the president’s re-election campaign, which didn’t respond to any questions. The RNC press office said someone would answer emailed questions, but there was no response to multiple requests over several days.​
According to FEC filings, the Trump 2020 presidential campaign committee has made eight payments to the US Treasury marked “TRAVEL EXPENSES: AIR,” for a total of $112,667.90 since the rallies started in March. The first payment is dated March 12, 2018; the most recent disbursement is dated April 13. That means US taxpayers may have so far been reimbursed for about 0.7% of the cost of the president’s flights to political rallies, presuming the payments indeed relate to the midterm events.​
A $1.3 million flight to Las Vegas
Trump’s most expensive rally to fly to was a $1.3 million trip to Las Vegas, where he stumped for Dean Heller, the Republican incumbent for senator, on June 23. He spent another $650,000 traveling to Las Vegas again on Sept. 20. Heller was defeated by Democratic challenger Jacky Rosen, a former synagogue president who captured 50.8% of the vote to Heller’s 45%.​
The second-most expensive single trip, based on estimated flight costs, was a $1.2 million trip on July 5 for Montana’s Matt Rosendale. Trump held a second rally for Rosendale on Sept. 6 that cost an estimated $550,000 in air travel, and a third rally on Oct. 18 that racked up an estimated $940,000. Rosendale was defeated by incumbent Jon Tester 50.1% to 47%.​
Trump also held four different rallies for Mike Braun, the Indiana candidate for Senate, for a total travel cost of about $600,000. Braun defeated his Democratic incumbent Joe Donnelly.​

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imaginethat

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And it didn't cost us anything to fly other presidents to campaign events?

Looks like Trump must have flown Coach.. His Flight to Vegas cost 300,000 dollars less than the Cost of the Obama flight to Vegas for a Campaign event..... (That isn't even adjusted for inflation).

Obama’s Vegas immigration pitch estimated to cost $1.6 million

And you wonder why the Conservatives in here have coined the term TDS...
NEXT TIME, TRY READING MY POST AND THE LINKED ARTICLE BEFORE RESPONDING.

THANKS.
 
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OH you were playing the Race card.



Stunning how this man thinks he's owed. How many taxpayer millions have gone to Trump's businesses, like Mar A Lago?
if it wasn't about cost.. WHY THE HELL DID YOU COMMENT ON THE COST IN YOUR POST..

As I stated, you wonder why conservatives have coined the term TDS...
 

imaginethat

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OH you were playing the Race card.





if it wasn't about cost.. WHY THE HELL DID YOU COMMENT ON THE COST IN YOUR POST..

As I stated, you wonder why conservatives have coined the term TDS...
You didn't coin it. You stole it.

TDS, Trump Derangement Syndrome, the term for the derangement required to support, defend, and interpret Trump.
 
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Just gonna drop this here. Trump has played more than 160 rounds of golf. Almost all at one of HIS private resorts. He travels almost every weekend. He has spent almost as much in two years on travel as Obama did in EIGHT !!! By the time he gets through with his holiday travel he may easily surpass Obama's number.


Trump Golf Count Cost Breakdown:

AF1 flights to Mar-a-Lago:$37,265,000
AF1 flights to Bedminster:$14,392,000
Costs to Bedminster, Palm Beach*:$11,909,602
Cost to guard coast off Mar-a-Lago:$18,408,000
Luxury car rental in Turnberry, Scotland:$1,260,139
Cost of stay at Trump Turnberry, Scotland:$68,800

Total Cost:$83,303,541
 
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You didn't coin it. You stole it.

TDS, Trump Derangement Syndrome, the term for the derangement required to support, defend, and interpret Trump.
now now, I thought you were better than that. You know what TDS stands for.. ... ...

so was your pathological love for Obama.. ODS?
 
Nov 2012
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Just gonna drop this here. Trump has played more than 160 rounds of golf. Almost all at one of HIS private resorts. He travels almost every weekend. He has spent almost as much in two years on travel as Obama did in EIGHT !!! By the time he gets through with his holiday travel he may easily surpass Obama's number.


Trump Golf Count Cost Breakdown:

AF1 flights to Mar-a-Lago:$37,265,000
AF1 flights to Bedminster:$14,392,000
Costs to Bedminster, Palm Beach*:$11,909,602
Cost to guard coast off Mar-a-Lago:$18,408,000
Luxury car rental in Turnberry, Scotland:$1,260,139
Cost of stay at Trump Turnberry, Scotland:$68,800

Total Cost:$83,303,541

No I will not drop it there.

While Obama played golf with those on the Leader Board of the PGA...

Trumps golf outings were with world leaders such as the PM of Japan, and other nations.

Hmm.. Big Difference.
 
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And it didn't cost us anything to fly other presidents to campaign events?

Looks like Trump must have flown Coach.. His Flight to Vegas cost 300,000 dollars less than the Cost of the Obama flight to Vegas for a Campaign event..... (That isn't even adjusted for inflation).

Obama’s Vegas immigration pitch estimated to cost $1.6 million

And you wonder why the Conservatives in here have coined the term TDS...
Yes it cost and people like you bitched about every penny spent. But now that it’s your guy spending the money it’s not anything to worry about.

Hypocrisy much?