Taxpayers reportedly shelled out $2.4 million to fund Trump’s golf visits in New Jersey

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Former President Donald Trump plays a round of golf at Trump Turnberry Luxury Collection Resort during his first official visit to the United Kingdom on July 15, 2018, in Turnberry, Scotland.

  • Taxpayers paid a whopping $2.4 million for former President Donald Trump’s golf outings in New Jersey.
  • About $1.9 million of that total went to hotel accommodations for Trump’s Secret Service agents.
  • The $2.4 million sum does not include the $142,000/hour Air Force One rides.
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New Jersey taxpayers reportedly coughed up at least $2.4 million to fund former President Donald Trump’s dozens of golf outings in the state.

According to records obtained by NJ Advance Media, the bulk – $1.9 million – went to hotel accommodations for Trump’s Secret Service agents. Trump has a private golf club in Bedminister, New Jersey, and he’s visited the city 99 times over the course of his presidency, NJ Advance Media reported.

The Secret Service also paid more than $454,000 on travel, rental cars, golf carts, and portable toilets, the local news outlet reported. The Secret Service did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

NJ Advance Media pointed out that the $2.4 million sum does not include the cost of Trump’s Air Force One trips to and from Bedminster. An hour aboard that private jet costs more than $142,000. Also unaccounted for is the cost of getting to the golf club from the Morristown Airport in the presidential helicopter, NJ Advance Media said.

Even now, as the former president is no longer in office, Secret Service continues to spend lavishly.

A new report revealed that the Secret Service is spending $34,140 on portable toilets in Bedminster, where Trump is staying over the summer before coming back down to Florida.

Throughout Trump’s presidency, his Bedminster golf club has also served as a political hub where the former president hosted press conferences and raised funds for his 2020 re-election campaign.

During his four-year tenure in office, Trump played golf nearly 300 times, tracker Trump Golf Count says.

Prior to entering office, he would frequently blast his predecessor, former President Barack Obama, for golfing, saying he would never “have time” to play if he were in the role.

“I’m going to be working for you, I’m not going to have time to go play golf,” he told supporters.

And during his presidency, Trump downplayed the amount of time he spent on the course and falsely claimed Obama played more than he did.

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Biden golfed as president for the first time on his 87th day in office. Trump played on his 15th.

President Joe Biden walks to a motorcade vehicle after golfing at Wilmington Country Club, Saturday, April 17, 2021, in Wilmington, Delaware.
President Joe Biden walks to a motorcade vehicle after golfing at Wilmington Country Club, Saturday, April 17, 2021, in Wilmington, Delaware.

  • President Joe Biden played golf for the first time as president on Saturday, his 87th day in office.
  • By contrast, former President Donald Trump first played golf 15 days into his tenure in 2017.
  • During his time as president, Trump played golf nearly 300 times, according to a tracker.
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Saturday marked the first time President Joe Biden played golf while in office. It was his 87th day as president.

Former President Donald Trump, in contrast, played golf on his 15th day in office in 2017 after getting inaugurated.

Between Inauguration Day 2017 and April 29, 2017 – Trump’s 100th day in office – the former president visited a golf course nearly every weekend for a total of 19 times, according to tracker Trump Golf Count. At the end of his first year as president, Trump spent more than a third of the year at one of his golf courses.

Biden on Saturday played at the Wilmington Country Club near his home in Delaware. White House pool reporters said he was golfing with adviser Steve Ricchetti and his late son Beau’s father-in-law, Ron Olivere.

Trump generally played golf at his own properties like the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Florida, the golf-tracking website shows.

During his four-year tenure in office, Trump played golf nearly 300 times, the tracker says.

Prior to entering office, he would frequently blast his predecessor, former President Barack Obama, for golfing, saying he would never “have time” to play if he were in the role.

And during his presidency, Trump downplayed the amount of time he spent on the course and falsely claimed Obama played more than he did.

“I know many in business and politics that work out endlessly, in some cases to a point of exhaustion. It is their number one passion in life, but nobody complains,” Trump once tweeted. “My ‘exercise’ is playing, almost never during the week, a quick round of golf. Obama played more and much longer rounds, no problem.”

Obama did play more rounds of golf than Trump – but that was over the course of a two-term tenure. In his eight years as president, Obama played 333 rounds of golf.

The frequency sometimes interrupted daily workflow and duties, as Trump’s aides tried and failed to reach him while he was golfing.

Biden, meanwhile, has gained recognition as one of the top 150 players in Washington, DC.

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Donald Trump Jr. shared a mocking video that showed Biden falling after getting struck in the head by the former president’s golf ball

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Donald Trump Jr. speaks Wednesday, January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC, prior to the deadly insurrection at the US Capitol.

  • Donald Trump Jr. mocked President Joe Biden for falling on the steps of Air Force One on Friday.
  • Biden stumbled three times and fell once as he ascended the steps to board the plane.
  • Trump Jr. posted to Twitter a video showing his father striking Biden with a golf ball and causing him to fall.
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Donald Trump Jr. shared a video on Twitter mocking President Joe Biden’s three stumbles on Friday.

The video showed former President Donald Trump taking a shot on the golf course – one of his favorite pastimes. The golf ball Trump hit flew into the greenery and came back in another frame, striking Biden in the head and knocking him down on the steps of Air Force One.

“It wasn’t the wind folks,” Trump Jr. wrote on Twitter.

Biden slipped twice as he climbed up the steps Friday. The third time, he stumbled and fell down.

At the top of the steps, Biden, 78, looked back and waved before boarding the plane.

Biden’s age and history of foot injuries led to reporters asking questions about his health after the three stumbles.

White House communications staff members told reported that Biden is unharmed and doing well.

“It’s pretty windy outside,” White House Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said. “It’s very windy. I almost fell coming up the steps myself. He is doing 100% fine.”

Trump Jr.’s tweet was met with backlash from Twitter users, including some celebrities and journalists.

“Does every member of the trump family have the intellect of an angry kindergartener?” one user wrote in response to his post. Another user said they reported the tweet and cited it as “disrespectful.”

Trump Jr.’s tweet did not violate Twitter policies, according to The Hill, which cited a spokesperson from the social media platform.

Weeks after winning the 2020 presidential election, Biden fractured his foot while playing with his dog Major.

Kevin O’Connor, Biden’s doctor, said in a statement that a scan “confirmed hairline (small) fractures of President-elect Biden’s lateral and intermediate cuneiform bones, which are in the mid-foot.”

At the time, O’Connor said that “it is anticipated that he will likely require a walking boot for several weeks.”

Biden, 78, is the country’s oldest president. During his campaign against Trump, Biden vehemently denied having any issues with his health. He and his campaign dismissed all health concerns, as well as released a medical report last year from Biden’s doctor. The report said Biden is “healthy” and “vigorous.”

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