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Trump’s Taken More Vacation Days To Date Than Obama During Presidency

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“I know he played a couple of holes this morning but I am not going to disclose any of the others that were there,” said Sarah Huckabee Sanders at a press conference about a February 19 outing.

Trump was reportedly playing with professional golfer Rory McIlroy, who told a golf blog that he hit a full 18 holes with the president. Huckabee Sanders, when confronted with the info, had to amend her statement.

“(He) intended to play a few holes and decided to play longer,” she said.

Obama, by comparison, would release to the press who he was playing with and when. By the Washington Post’s count on Thursday, by the end of this vacation, Trump will have taken 53 days at leisure. Compared to Obama’s 15 vacation days at the end of August during his own first term as president, Trump has to date almost doubled the former president’s trips to the links. Moreover, Obama played 17 rounds of golf by the end of August in 2009. Trump has played 33 times — that are known about — before heading to Bedminster.

As for his predecessors? In their first years, Jimmy Carter took only 19 vacation days, Ronald Reagan took 42 days of vacation, George H.W. Bush took 40, Bill Clinton took 21 days, George W. Bush took 69, and Obama ended his first year with 26 vacation days, according to The Annenberg Public Policy Center’s Fact Check.

If the cost for Trump’s outings is figured in, it would appear the current president is on track to outpace Obama’s spending. The conservative leaning watchdog group Judicial Watch estimates that Obama spent close to $100 million on travel in his eight years as president. Working off FOIA requests that Judicial Watch also used, an Obama trip to Palm Beach cost around $3 million. Trump’s seven trips to Mar-a-Lago have cost taxpayers some $20 million so far — and that doesn’t include Trump’s trips to his other respective properties. Estimates of tax payer dollars spent on Trump’s golfing can range as high as $50 million, according to Trump Golf Count.

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