BUDGET/SECRET SERVICE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Saturday [3-25-17] marked President Trump’s 13th visit to one of his golf courses since taking office 67 days ago, the eighth weekend in a row (out of 10 total) he’s done so. It’s unknown how many rounds he’s played in that time period — the White House is not saying, insisting the president has been doing business during those trips. The Chicago Tribune estimates that he’s swung the clubs on 12 of those 13 visits. Receipts from one recreational auto company in Miami suggest he’s played at least a few times, because the Secret Service has racked up nearly $17,000 in golf cart rental charges.
Nathaniel Meyersohn of CNN uncovered three separate charges from Golf Car & Utility Vehicle Distributors, LLC billed to the U.S. Secret Service for a total of $16,685, invoiced for ‘Golf cart rental for POTUS visit.’ Oddly enough, these aren’t the first dollars the Justice Department has spent at Golf Car & Utility Vehicle Distributors, LLC. The government transparency site USASpending.gov shows the company might be the go to government contract in the area going back to at least 2012, because hey, all presidents golf, and Florida’s got a lot of golf courses.
Notable, however, is that Trump’s Secret Service has spent more at the company in 67 days (the above $16,685 plus another $8,000 for leasing ‘Ground Effect Vehicles, Motor Vehicles, Trailers, and Cycles’) than Obama’s did in any given year during his second term.”
-Drew Salisbury, “Secret Service has spent nearly $17K on golf cart rentals for Trump’s Mar-A-Lago visits,” Death and Taxes Magazine, March 27, 2017