14 March 2017

Another Big Fat Lie

When he ran for President, Donald Trump promised repeatedly he would be all work and no play if elected.

"I would rarely leave the White House because there’s so much work to be done," Trump promised voters in June 2015. "I would not be a president who took vacations. I would not be a president that takes time off. You don’t have time to take time off." (Source here.)

He also repeatedly criticized President Obama for taking off too much time, notwithstanding that Obama took the fewest days off of any modern President.

Flash forward to 2017 and we see Trump has shamelessly broken another promise. He's been President a little over seven weeks yet has already spent all or part of fifteen days on vacation -- or about 30 percent of the time he's been in office.

In comparison, throughout his time in office, President Obama spent about 7.5 percent of his time on vacation, about one-forth of the time Trump spends idle. Trump played his ninth game of golf this weekend since becoming President; in contrast, President Obama did not play golf at all during his first four months in office.

Trump's excessive vacationing is very expensive for American taxpayers, who of course pick up the tabs for all costs. He has traveled to his Mar-a-Lago club five times in seven weeks, which cost taxpayers $3 million per trip. (Source here.)

President Obama's travel cost a total of $97 million spread out over the eight years he was in office. This year alone, however, the pricetag for Trump and his family spending time away from the White House is expected to top $300 million, a massive cost resulting from the President and his wife maintaining separate residences.

Bottom line: rather than working the hardest and spending the least, Trump is actually vacationing the most and spending the most -- the exact opposite of what he promised.

Yet another reason Trump cannot be trusted on his promises to the LGBT community: he has a nasty habit of lying when he tells you what he'll do.

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