Last week, Trump traveled to the United Kingdom for a state visit. I’ve already written about his bizarre, juvenile behaviour and will leave that topic alone for now, but my jaw dropped yesterday morning when, after assessing our family finances and deciding I better wait until next week to order my insulin, I read what Trump’s little jaunt cost We, the Taxpayers.
First, consider who went. Donald and the sour-faced spouse, Melania – the only two who were actually invited. Then there was Don, the hunter, Junior; the useless duo of Ivanka & Jared; Eric and his potty-mouth wife, Lara; and the usually-unseen Tiffany … I guess she couldn’t pass up a trip to London on our dime. So … eight principal characters, all of whom, of course, require round-the-clock Secret Service protection. Then there were about a dozen of his ‘advisors’, though since he never listens to them and they are mostly witless anyway, it’s unclear why they went along. Among them was America’s #1 bimbo Kellyanne Conway, resident liar Sarah Huckabee Sanders, white supremacist Stephen Miller, and boot-licker Steve Mnuchin as well as his wife. And to ice the cake, he also brought along some friends, like Chris Ruddy, CEO of the conservative media organization Newsmax.
First, there were the costs to fly Air Force One from Andrews Air Force Base to London … about $2.5 million for the round trip. The Trump kids did not fly on Air Force One, but whatever they did fly on cost the taxpayer an undisclosed amount, and their Secret Service protection cost even more. I’m not sure why we are protecting these useless people, but …
Along with people on Air Force One, the presidential limousine and Marine One helicopter were transported, along with a multitude of supporting vehicles and staff. They’re all designed to keep the president safe and away from protesters. You know … those protestors that Trump claimed he didn’t see?Next, there was the cost of Secret Service protection for all the above-named people … while I have searched and cannot find any credible information about the costs of Secret Service protection, there is no doubt whatsoever that it runs into the millions. Just a weekend jaunt to Mar-a-Lago runs over $1 million.
Then came the accommodations. Trump and part of his entourage stayed at the Qatari-owned Intercontinental Park Lane Hotel, at a cost of approximately $1.3 million. Other members of the party stayed elsewhere:
- London Hilton on Park Lane ($339,000)
- Cumberland Hotel at Cumberland Place ($92,000)
- Hyatt Regency Churchill hotel ($37,000)
While there are many costs that I can find no information about, there was a crowning end to his trip when he detoured for a visit to his golf course in Doonbeg, Ireland. This extra jaunt cost the taxpayers $3.6 million more than if he had remained in London! To add insult to injury, he conducted a bit of business while he was there … not U.S. government business, but rather business concerning his golf course, which is part of Trump Enterprises. No, no conflict of interest here, folks … move along now … see that snake oil salesman just across the street?
And the UK paid a hefty price for the Trump family visit as well. Contrary to what Trump claims, tens of thousands of protestors were out in force last Tuesday, ensuring that a strong police presence would be required. While I have not heard a final tally, prior to Trump’s visit the estimate for security by Scotland Yard was £40 million, or $50.7 million! It should be noted that in 2012, when President Obama traveled to Spain, Trump had nothing but criticism about the cost of the trip …
“The Obama’s Spain vacation cost taxpayers over $476K. They love to spend money.”
A mere fraction of the cost of the Trump family’s London vacation … ah, but that was President Obama, whose skin wasn’t quite the right colour to suit Trump.
No matter what the final figure for this trip is on either side of the Atlantic, the taxpayers of both the United States and the United Kingdom have been royally ripped off. What did we gain from this trip? Nothing. The Trump boys had a lot of fun pub-hopping over in Ireland, Trump had a blast making up stories, claiming that people loved him and that the Queen never had a better time than with him. And he embarrassed the heck out of this nation by threatening to force our horrendous health care on the Brits, among other things. Melania, Ivanka, Jared, Junior, Eric, and Tiffany got to see the sights and be treated like royalty.
We, the taxpayers? We got nothing, not even a lousy T-shirt.