President Donald Trump has done something no president in modern history has done – spend nearly a third of his first year in office on vacation.
MSNBC’s The Beat with Ari Melber shined a light on Trump’s never-ending vacations, highlighting that he has taken five times as many days off as President Barack Obama, who was constantly attacked by Trump for occasionally golfing.
According to CBS News reporter Mark Knoller, Obama took 26 vacation days in his first year. Trump has already taken 111 vacation days in just his first 11 months.
For context, Ronald Reagan took 42 vacation days, George H. W. Bush took 40 vacation days, and George W. Bush took 69 vacation days in their first years.
On the Democratic side, Jimmy Carter took just 19 days of vacation and Bill Clinton took just 21 days in their first years in office.
Most of Trump’s time off has been spent at his own properties. According to The Wall Street Journal, Trump has spent more than 100 days visiting his own resorts, including 40 days at his Bedminster golf club in New Jersey and 40 days at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.
Along with spending a ton more time on vacation – and on the golf course – and Obama, he is also spending a lot more money.
Taxpayers have spent around $6.6 million on Trump’s airfare to Mar-a-Lago alone. According to the Wall Street Journal, he spent roughly $1.5 million per month on airfare, compared to the $1 million per month spent by Obama.
That price tag doesn’t include the costs of paying for Secret Service and Coast Guard protection while he is at Mar-a-Lago and his other clubs.
Obviously when he visits his resorts, he spends much of his time on the golf course. Via WSJ:
Before he was elected president, Mr. Trump was a frequent critic of his predecessor’s vacations—in particular his golfing habit. “@BarackObama played golf yesterday. Now he heads to a 10 day vacation in Martha’s Vineyard. Nice work ethic,” Mr. Trump tweeted in 2011.
He also mocked the amount of time Mr. Obama spent in Washington, tweeting that same year: “Yesterday @BarackObama actually spent a full day in Washington. He didn’t campaign, fund raise or play golf. Shocking.”
While staying at Mar-a-Lago, Mr. Trump has spent about 20 days golfing at his nearby golf courses in West Palm Beach and Jupiter, Fla. On the weekends Mr. Trump has spent in Washington, he has golfed on nearly two dozen days at the Trump golf course in Potomac Falls, Va.
And not only is Trump spending more time on the golf course than the predecessor he so often lambasted for doing the same, he is obsessed with lying that he is spending his time working.
“I hope everyone is having a great Christmas, then tomorrow it’s back to work in order to Make America Great Again (which is happening faster than anyone anticipated)!” Trump tweeted on Christmas.
I hope everyone is having a great Christmas, then tomorrow it’s back to work in order to Make America Great Again (which is happening faster than anyone anticipated)!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 25, 2017
Can you guess what he did on his “back to work” morning?
On Christmas, Trump said he'd be heading "back to work" the next day.
Since then he's live-tweeted Fox & Friends and gone golfing on consecutive days. https://t.co/hhDmJCMlDk
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 27, 2017