How much does each of Donald Trump's golf rounds cost taxpayers?
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How much does each of Donald Trump’s golf rounds cost taxpayers?



President Donald Trump has played golf or visited one of his 17 owned-or-operated golf properties on approximately 25 percent of the days he has been in office, dating back to Jan. 20, 2017.

All of those visits to his golf clubs -- be they Trump National in Bedminster, N.J.; Trump National D.C. in Ashburn, Va.; or Trump International Golf Club in Jupiter, Fla. -- not only increase the Trump golf count but also increase the bill to the American taxpayer. Every time Trump goes to one of his golf clubs, regardless of him playing golf or not, the tax payer has to pay to transport and protect him.

How much each of President Donald Trump's golf rounds cost taxpayers

Each time Trump plays golf, the American taxpayer handles some cost. Each and every time, Trump is flanked by Secret Service, who not only protect him while he's on his golf properties but also secures the golf club in question to make sure no uninvited guests try to infiltrate the grounds. That costs money. However, it's unclear the all-in Secret Service cost of the manhours to protect and secure. We do know Secret Service agents are paid approximately $50 per hour, but we don't know how many agents there are on his detail at a golf club. However, these would be considered sunk costs anyhow, as these agents incur annual salaries regardless of where and when they're doing their routine work.

We do know the Secret Service is low on budget to pay its officers. We also know the Secret Service allocated approximately $33 million in fiscal 2018 to protect Trump and his family on trips to the New York area and to Mar-a-Lago.

We know the Secret Service has racked up $137,000 in golf cart rental bills with contracts with private providers (Trump is NOT making money on those carts), with one contract running into Spring 2018.

We know the Secret Service has paid some $8,600 so far for portable toilets to use while on the ground of Trump's golf clubs. Ballistic glass is also needed, and the Secret Service has a mobile office, which costs money.

The Coast Guard is required to protect nearby waterways when Trump visits Trump International Golf Club in Jupiter vis a vis Mar-a-Lago and Trump National D.C., which fronts the Potomac River. The Coast Guard cost at Mar-a-Lago is estimated to be $236,000 per day. These costs would apply whether or not Trump plays golf when he's at Mar-a-Lago. The cost for Coast Guard at his Ashburn club is substantially lower and must be paid each time Trump goes there.

When Trump flies to these resorts, he uses Air Force One. (He uses a motorcade to go to Trump National in northern Virginia, which has its own cost.) The Congressional Research Service estimated in 2012 the hourly cost of the Presidential 747 (any plane the President is on becomes Air Force One) at $179,750. It is now estimated at $206,337 per hour, though there are classified costs the Government Accountability Office cannot reveal.

That's all to say that we can't give you an exact cost for each round. We don't have perfect information to tell you with certainty how much all of the factors cost together.

However, so far, the Trump golf count has racked up a bill easily in the tens of millions of dollars.

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