War on Women

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Adam Zyglis)

In other news, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin confirmed that Trump will make a decision on imposing tariffs on all remaining Chinese imports with 30 to 45 days, placing the decision at the end of June.

Meanwhile, the U.N. Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) says the risk of a nuclear weapon being used today is greater than it has ever been since the end of World War II. So there's that.

Finally, Trump has now spent at least $102 million in taxpayer funds on trips to the golf course not including his upcoming trip to his own golf course in Scotland.

U.S. taxpayers have spent $81 million for the president’s two dozen trips to Florida, according to a HuffPost analysis. They spent $17 million for his 15 trips to New Jersey, another $1 million so he could visit his resort in Los Angeles and at least $3 million for his two days in Scotland last summer ― $1.3 million of which went just for rental cars for the massive entourage that accompanies a president abroad.

For comparison, President Obama spent $30 million on trips to the golf course during his two terms in office and he typically played golf on military bases, not private clubs. Trump has spent $102 million in less than three years at his own clubs.

  • Aynwrong

    The Doomsday clock has ticked.

  • Username1016

    You know what, fuck presidents and their golf habit! I don’t feel like paying millions for them to play golf — they should do it at their own expense, sheesh!

    It’s not like MY employer pays me for recreational sports…

    • muselet

      Doing deals while on the golf course is one of those rituals beloved of alpha (and wannabe-alpha) males worldwide. Okay, yes, it’s a stupid, testosterone-drenched (but I do repeat myself) ritual that doesn’t very often bear fruit, but too many business execs believe in the mystical power of cow pasture pool as a business tool. Hell, even otherwise sensible people like Barack Obama tried to get John Boehner to stop being a knob by playing golf with him.

      Then there’s Donald Trump, who simply wants someone else to pay his greens fees without any of that tedious conversation or other human interaction.

      I’ve never really had a problem with presidential golf, so I feel I should be consistent and not give a monkey’s about Trump’s, either. But $102 million and counting? That’s plain excessive (although, on the other hand, the more time he spends flailing around on golf courses, the less time he can spend on making Vladimir Putin happy).


      • swift_4

        It’s not that he doesn’t want to pay the greens fees. He wasn’t taxpayer money for his security detail to be funnelled into his pockets. And he’s getting it.

        • muselet

          That, too.