President Donald Trump's frequent visits to Palm Beach, Florida, are costing taxpayers and the local economy, bigly. Less than two months into his administration, Trump's travel price tag is already well into the millions.
While the county home to Trump's ritzy Mar-a-Lago resort seeks reimbursement for security costs, businesses are also feeling the pinch from the president's four "Winter White House" visits, a NBC News report finds.
Palm Beach County Mayor Paulette Burdick said she's written a letter to the federal government asking to be reimbursed for $1.7 million in security costs. Burdick says the municipality still hasn't received a response.
One business owner said the president's visits have cost him $30,000 each weekend in lost business.
"I don't know that my business can sustain heavy losses like that," Jonathan Miller, CEO of Stellar Aviation Group, told NBC.
"We’re basically going broke,” a spokesperson for Southern Helicopter told the news outlet. "We were not expecting him to come down almost every weekend."
Judicial Watch, a nonpartisan budget watchdog group estimated Trump's four visits to the resort have cost $3 million in Secret Service and Air Force One expenses alone.
CBS News reported last month that the president's first three visits cost an estimated $10 million, between Secret Service and Coast Guard security, though the White House won't disclose the actual costs.
Trump has frequently blasted his predecessor, former President Barack Obama, for his travel habits. In 2012, Trump tweeted, "President Obama's vacation is costing taxpayers millions of dollars — Unbelievable!" Two years later, he tweeted again: