As North Korea brews, Trump again in Mar-a-Lago

Posted April 18, 2017

On Wednesday, he was very complimentary of the club's food, citing that he told Chinese President Xi Jinping about his decision to launch a missile strike on Syria over "the most attractive piece of chocolate cake that you've ever seen" during dinner there. Yesterday, in Washington, New York and dozens of other cities, protesters loudly said that's not the case. It is not Camp David, the White House, the Pentagon, or NORAD.

But regardless of the exact price, Trump's trips are expensive.

So why does anyone care whether Trump is frequenting Florida, and how did $3 million become the common wisdom as the cost of each visit? But almost 100 days into his presidency, Trump is remaining at home while delegating diplomatic travel to his underlings, who this week are spreading across the globe to some of the world's most problematic regions. Then, back in February, CBS News reported on the Trump kids and their respective business travel to places such as Uruguay, the Dominican Republic and Dubai.

The CBS News report quotes Washington University Law Ethics Professor Kathleen Clark: "The bottom line on how much it's costing the taxpayers is absolutely something I think the public and Congress has the right to know".

Mr. Trump's frequent Mar-a-Lago meetings with foreign dignitaries and USA officials have also raised ethics concerns, as they take place on private property, away from public view.

ALLEN: Jonathan Wackrow is a former Secret Service official. - Just hours before North Korea fired a failed ballistic missile, President Donald Trump spent his morning enjoying the blue, breezy weather on Florida's eastern coast here Saturday, zipping around the greens of his private golf club.

TravelPulse's Rich Thomaselli reports on Palm Beach area Lantana Airport, which has to shut down whenever the president is in town.

The White House is playing defense, with Press Secretary Sean Spicer explaining, "Presidents always travel".

County leaders have suggested using Palm Beach County "bed tax" money to help pay for security and roadway management during Trump's visits, or even assessing the owner of Mar-a-Lago a special tax.

It's hard and not fun to be the president of the United States-they shouldn't work constantly, and realistically are better at being the president if they take periodic breaks. And they are getting more involved than ever before. People are calling on President Trump to do something every other president has done since Richard Nixon - release his tax returns. At while it is his golf course, he is making money off of his trips to Florida, but costing the US taxpayer a lot of money.

Both McMaster and McFarland also talked up the role China could play in bringing North Korea to heel - and urged some patience on that front.