Air Force report details costs of Air Force One under Trump Administration

Air Force One taxis over to Berry Field Air National Guard Base after landing at Nashville International Airport on March 15, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Master Sgt. Jeremy Cornelius)
A US Air Force report, recently obtained by a conservative watchdog group, revealed that it costs around $1.2 million for a round-trip flight from the Commander-In-Chief’s home at the White House to his Mar-a-Lago resort in South Florida.

In what is estimated to be over $7 million in costs accrued within President Donald J. Trump’s first one hundred days (one-quarter of that time spent in Florida), the stats from judicial watch paint a picture of what may ultimately turn out to be a very expensive presidency in terms of travel costs- now reportedly suggested to be nearly 1/3 of what President Obama spent in eight years of presidency.

Prior to being president, Obama was the regular target of Trump’s criticism.

“President Obama has a major meeting on the N.Y.C. Ebola outbreak, with people flying in from all over the country, but decided to play golf!” he tweeted in 2014. In a similar vein of utilizing the Twitter platform, Trump called out Vice President Joe Biden half a decade ago for having a $1m annual cost for weekend trips.

According to Newsweek, it is something Democratic lawmakers have not forgotten.

“For someone who complained about President Obama traveling a lot, he’s going to supersede President Obama’s travel, all eight years [of it], within a year, which is just absolutely ridiculous,” Arizona Representative Ruben Gallego said in an April interview.

Considered the flying front desk of the free world, the current 747-200B/VC-25s can fly 6,205 miles from Washington, D.C., to Baghdad without stopping for fuel and is capable of mid-air refueling. As the aircraft ages, it becomes less cost-effective to operate, despite the unique capabilities the iconic aircraft possesses.

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