This past weekend marks the fifth weekend President Trump has chosen to spend a taxpayer funded get-away to his “Winter White House” at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla., to the tune $3 million plus for security and the use of Air-Force One.
I won’t begrudge the president some weekend leisure time. All of us need to decompress from the stresses of life from time to time, and I imagine $3 million could make most of us as feel relaxed as a wet noodle, especially when someone else is picking up the tab.
Republican President Dwight Eisenhower was the first president to establish Camp David in western Maryland as a weekend retreat from the rigorous demands of the presidency during the 1950s. What was apparently good enough for Ike and his successors, doesn’t meet Trump’s glitzy standards.
Compared to Mara-a-Lago, Camp David might come too close to the rustic qualities of Abe Lincoln’s cabin, our first Republican president.
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With all the proposals for draconian cuts to government, each of the trips to Mara-a-Lago is a contradiction to that position. Leaders lead by example, and I’ve seen no evidence that the POTUS has tightened his belt.