We Now Know How Much Taxpayers Pay for Trump to Play Golf, and Turns Out 'He's America's 10th Highest Paid Athlete'

Leon Neal/Getty Images

President Donald Trump's constant trips to his own golf properties around the globe has been a matter of some controversy since he took office in 2017.

A constant critic of President Barack Obama's golf outings—which unlike Trump Obama did not personally profit from—the 45th POTUS claimed he would be too busy working to ever play golf.


Once that campaign promise was broken, people often wondered if Trump was too busy golfing to work. After all, the POTUS spent 1 out of every 5 days in 2019 at one of his own golf properties. That's 20% of his time for those wondering about the math.

Aside from asking when Trump actually works, many also questioned how much money was going from the coffers of the US treasury—put there by US residents who pay taxes—to fund Trump's constant golf excursions. The numbers have been released and The Root made an interesting observation.

With the amount being spent paying the President to play golf, Donald Trump is now the 10th highest paid athlete in the United States.

In the same time that professional golfers like Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Bubba Watson played 33, 48 and 44 games respectively, the President—who is not supposed to be paid to play golf—played 71 times. Using GAO data The Root estimated taxpayers shell out about $600,000 per Trump round of golf with most of the money going into the President's own pocket.

Per the Government Accountability Office (GAO), during a single month in 2017, US taxpayers footed a $13 million bill for four trips to Trump Organization golf clubs, including $60,000 just for rooms and space at their Palm Beach resort. The overall figure also includes thousands for food and lodging for Secret Service agents.

Federal agencies have paid about $130 million for the President to play golf.

Not included in those figures are the reimbursements being made to local authorities for security. For example, Palm Beach received $13.8 million for their efforts through spring of 2019.

According to The Root:

"...the total local and federal costs for Trump's athletic endeavors total $152 million or roughly $50.6 million per year for Trump to play golf. In the three years since Trump became president, no billionaire team owner, no sports organization, no company has paid a human being more to play golf."

All told, Trump ties for 10th among the United State's highest-paid athletes and 17th in the world.

But what about Obama?

In eight years, President Obama's total travel costs which include family vacations totaled $114 million. That's $14.25 million per year of which only a fraction involved golf and did not get paid to an Obama owned company.

Needless to say, people are asking for a refund or a trade.











Of course, there were some who made excuses for the President.

Some said the many tens of millions of dollars being paid to the Trump Organization was OK because Trump claimed he donates his $400,000 salary to charity.

However no organization has ever verified Trump's claim of donating his salary. The only proof were photos shared by the Trump camp of checks made out to agencies that by law are not allowed to accept or cash the checks.

For taxpayers who aren't OK with paying a President's own company for that President to play golf, the 2020 presidential election is 257 days away. A trade of our "highest paid athlete" in Washington DC might not be possible, but releasing him to free agency is.

This shirt, commemorating the Trump presidency, is available here.

Amazon

Catherine Nance / Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

In a move that many say is designed to thrust himself into the public eye again after the end of the impeachment trial, President Donald Trump's personal lawyer has been on a social media campaign of late.

But his misinformation about the public health crisis resulted in his Twitter account being temporarily suspended.

Keep reading... Show less
FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images // Mark Wilson/Getty Images

With the global pandemic bringing daily life in the United States to a screeching halt, the 2020 campaign has become somewhat of an afterthought as Americans focus on staying healthy and practicing social distancing.

But though the campaign trail is no longer in full swing, voters across the country can't help but see this crisis as a test of competence for President Donald Trump and a test of leadership for former Vice President and likely Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

Keep reading... Show less
Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images // Samuel Corum/Getty Images

A recent in-depth report from the Washington Post detailed the 70 day period between President Donald Trump's first knowledge of the virus and his eventual acknowledgment that the pandemic—which has killed over 10,000 people in the United States—poses a serious threat.

Trump's constant dismissal of the virus wasn't for lack of experts and longtime lawmakers warning him of the possibilities, as Washington Post opinion writer Greg Sargent points out.

Keep reading... Show less
JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images

Author and military historian Max Boot is a self-identified conservative, but he's by no means a supporter of President Donald Trump. Boot endorsed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Presidential election and he's frequently referred to Trump as the worst President in modern times.

But in a blistering new op-ed for the Washington Post, Boot removes the "in modern times" qualifier, referring to Trump as simply the worst President in U.S. history, citing his delayed and inadequate response to the virus that's brought the United States to a standstill.

Keep reading... Show less
Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images

In the face of a pandemic that's led to thousands of deaths in the United States, President Donald Trump's daily press briefings regarding the virus have often resulted in fewer answers and greater uncertainty, with the President unable or unwilling to provide accurate information to the American people.

As a result, media outlets have found themselves scrambling to fact check the President and some of his associates in real time. One local NPR station stopped broadcasting the briefings all together, instead compiling the statements from medical experts on the White House virus task force, such as Nation Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases director Dr. Anthony Fauci.

Keep reading... Show less
C-SPAN

As the pandemic that's caused a national health crisis continues to worsen, President Donald Trump has been unyielding as ever in his eagerness to spread misinformation. It's made for some tense moments between the President and reporters.

One of the President's most damaging lines of misinformation has been his endorsement of hydroxychloroquine, a drug typically used for malaria, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis. Trump has touted the drug—which hasn't undergone trials to treat the virus—as a possible cure.

Keep reading... Show less