U.S. President Donald Trump has been making weekend trips to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida at the taxpayers expense. This may soon be coming to an end.
The trips reportedly cost over $3 million and the city of Palm Beach is truly feeling the weight of this.
According to the Palm Beach Post, Palm Beach County Commissioner Dave Kerner is currently looking into classifying Trump’s exclusive resort as a “municipal service benefit unit.” Doing so would give the county the ability to hit the club with taxes that can help cover the costs incurred during the President’s weekly trips.
So far, the federal government has been fairly slow to reimburse the county for the costs associated with Trump’s trips to Mar-a-Lago. As such, they have been forced to look to other avenues to recover some of the funds lost.
Commissioner Kerner told the Palm Beach Post that the President’s trips have been very difficult, specifically on the local airport. Each time the President visits, the airport faces major disruptions.
“The Lantana airport will be shut down any time the president is in town,” he explained. “We’ve bent over backwards. I get it. The president’s safety is paramount.”
Kerner also noted that the costs associated with keeping the President safe while he’s visiting Mar-a-Lago have “been devastating” thus far.