BREAKING: Palm Beach Passes Tax to Make Trump Pay for His OWN Vacations. Support?
Palm Beach officials proposed a tax on Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort to cover the cost of his frequent visits. Trump will finally have to pay for his own frequent golf trips.
According to CNN, Trump's many travels cost taxpayers over $20 million in the first eighty days of his presidency. This cost represents 21 days at Mar-a-Lago.
That amounts to one-quarter of his time as president spent golfing in Palm Beach, Florida. Well, his travels not only costs the American taxpayer, but also Palm Beach County, and residents are NOT happy.
Trump's trips cost the county $60,000 PER DAY for law enforcement overtime. That brings the total to over $2 million for the president's first 80 days in office, according to The Orlando Sentinel.
The county is still looking for the federal reimbursement. So, to combat the country expenses for Trump, County Commissioner Dave Kerner to proposed a tax on Trump's resort to cover the costs.
"We're very honored to have the president here, but at the same time, his travel here is such high frequency he's not visiting Palm Beach County — he's governing from it," Kerner told Money Magazine.
Kerner went on to make it clear that Palm Beach taxpayers did not sign up for this ludicrous expense. "Whatever our priorities are, the taxpayers didn't pay this money to us to protect the president," Kerner said.
The tax on Mar-a-Lago would help with some of the county's expenses, but it needs more. That's why Rep. Lois Frankel (D-Fla.) who represents Palm Beach, called on the government to provide reimbursements for the local governments' security costs or for Trump to cut back on his visits.
It is ridiculous for counties and cities to pay for Trump's many escapades. If Trump is so rich, he should have no problem footing his own bill.
Don't you think Trump should be paying for his own frequent vacations?
POLL: Should Trump pay for his Mar-a-Lago trips?
Trump has already spent an absurd amount of money on his golfing trips to Mar-a-Lago. It has put an extreme financial burden on the citizens of Palm Beach.
Trump claims to be filthy rich. Shouldn't he pay for his own vacations instead of relying on hardworking Americans to foot the bill? Tell Trump what you really think in the poll below.
At the rate Trump is going, he will bypass the total costs of President Obama's vacations over an eight-year period IN ONLY ONE YEAR. This from the president who tweeted that Obama took too many vacations and needed to stay in the White House.
His travels are so frequent that Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly requested additional funding for the Secret Service. Apparently, Secret Service agents work so much overtime to protect Trump that they had to call in other agents around the country.
This is an atrocious use of taxpayer money. The citizens of Palm Beach deserve better. We hope that the new tax on Mar-a-Lago provides much-needed relief soon.
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