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Monday, April 17, 2017

New website lets you know if Donald Trump is at Mar-a-Lago

Posted By on Mon, Apr 17, 2017 at 1:16 PM

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Since the election, Donald Trump has spent seven weekends out of 13 in Palm Beach, Florida. At this point it's safe to assume that at any any given time, Trump could be golfing at Mar-a-Lago.

Why does any of this matter? Well, according to the Center for American Progress Action Fund, Trump's weekend visits have already racked up $25 million in total tax dollars spent, and he's on pace to surpass eight years of Obama's travel spending in one year.

Besides golfing, Trump's decision to host high-security events at his private club makes these meetings needlessly expensive. There's a reason why every other president in U.S. history has held important meetings at the White House or Camp David: They are literally designed for maximum-security events.

Because these trips don't seem to be slowing down, a new website promises to keep track of his taxpayer-funded vacations to the Winter White House.

The site, simply called, is dedicated to tracking all costs associated with Trump's frequent vacations to the Winter White House.

Using estimates from the U.S. Government Accountability Office, the site also looks at places where that money could've been spent, like on Pell grants or Meals on Wheels.

"It’s supremely hypocritical of Donald Trump to spend millions of government dollars at Mar-a-Lago while crusading to cut vital programs such as Meals on Wheels," said CAP Action Press Secretary Morgan Finkelstein. "Our tracker will provide context and keep Trump accountable for his out-of-control spending at taxpayers’ expense."

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