While running a campaign for his presidential bid in 2016, Donald Trump had attacked then US President Barack Obama for his expensive golf trips and wasting public money on traveling for vacations.
Now, what Donald Trump is doing has come under scathing attack.
Read on to know the details.
According to a report by CNN, the private trips by US President Donald Trump during his first 80 days in the office has cost over 20 million USD. This puts him in a race to surpass travel costs of President Obama during his whole tenure of eight years.
"A four-day trip Obama took to Florida in 2013 -- one similar to Trump's trips - the total cost with the Secret Service and Coast Guard was $3.6 million," said a 2016 report by Government Accountability Office.
Till now, Donald Trump has been away to his private Palm Beach club, Mar-a–Lago for a total of 21 days in his 6-weekend trips. These weekend trips by Mr President have cost 21.6 million USD.
Trump has been receiving heavy criticism from media and other critics for his luxurious lifestyles that cost millions of dollars to taxpayers.
Judicial Watch reviewed the document logs of former president Obama and found out that during his eight years in the office, he spent 97 million USD on travel. Judicial Watch is a conservative government watchdog.
These trips included work trips and family vacations by Obama including a visit to Everglades National Park in 2015 on Earth Day, his family vacation in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts and ski trips to Aspen.
"It's a snapshot cost, in the sense that there are other costs obviously involved that we could get, but the government just doesn't want to give it to us or they keep secret for some reason," said Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch.
The amount that has come to light indicates that current president of the United States will take only a few months to surpass what Obama spent if he continues to make these frequent visits.
Trump has recently asked for huge cuts to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Environmental Protection Agency, the State Department and elimination of other federal programs. Trump has asked the federal government to reduce spendings on non-defence programs.
Pentagon recently received a letter signed by Democratic representative Ruben Gallego which asked about the Air Force One's costs due to president's use. He said, "For someone who complained about President Obama travelling a lot, he's going to supersede President Obama's travel, all eight years [of it], within a year, which is just absolutely ridiculous".
"They need a lot more agents - not just because of the Trump era, although that is additional because he has a lot of children, grandchildren, we need a larger Secret Service - because we need to get some of these people a little bit of time at home with their families." said John Kelly, Director of Homeland Security.