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Secret Service spent millions to protect Obama during travel – New York Post

WASHINGTON – The US Secret Service spent more than $105 million protecting President Obama and his family during their eight years in White House on non-essential travel, according new documents released Thursday.

Some the most expensive ventures were the Obama family trip to Martha’s Vineyard in August 2016, which cost $2.7 million for Secret Service in hotels, rental cars and other travel cots.

The final family trip to Hawaii for Christmas cost the Secret Service $1.8 million in taxpayer money.

And Obama’s trip to Orlando to appear at a Hillary Clinton rally in November 2016 came with a $271,000 tab for taxpayers, according to travel documents obtained by Judicial Watch through public records litigation.

“It is troubling to see such massive amounts of money paid out for trips that appear to have minimal value to the public interest,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement.

“And it is frustrating to have to file multiple FOIA lawsuits and engage in long-running court battles to get basic information about the costs of presidential travel.”

The travel totals don’t cover the actual hotel and catering expenses for the president or his family, just the bare minimum costs for the men and women sworn to protect them. Judicial Watch focused on trips they deemed non-essential, such as golfing, vacations, fundraisers, campaign stops and talk show appearances.

President Trump is on track to run up a hefty Secret Service bill as well.

So far, he’s cost taxpayers at least $4 million. Most of that is because of his frequent trips to his personal Florida resort, Mar-a-Lago.

Between Feb. 3 and March 27, the Secret Service spent $3.6 million on hotel costs, car rentals, transportation and supplies so Trump could jet away to his winter White House. That included $19,760 that benefited the Trump family business directly in Mar-a-Lago hotel costs.

Trump’s “Thank You” tour rallies during the transition period of Nov. 9 to Dec. 12, 2016 cost $475,000, Judicial Watch records show.

The conservative watchdog group has called for presidents to curb frivolous travel and save taxpayers money.

Secret Service spent millions to protect Obama during travel – New York Post

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