Trump in Palm Beach: Sheriff’s costs around $1.5 million and growing

A Palm Beach County sheriff's deputy outside Trump International Golf Club while Donald Trump golfed there in December as president-elect. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

A Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy outside Trump International Golf Club while Donald Trump golfed there in December as president-elect. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

PALM BEACH — Donald Trump‘s visits to Mar-a-Lago as president-elect and as president have cost Palm Beach County taxpayers about $1.5 million since November, Sheriff Ric Bradshaw estimates.

 

Sheriff Ric Bradshaw

Sheriff Ric Bradshaw

Bradshaw says he’s confident the money will be reimbursed by the federal government.

 

Trump is expected to return to his winter White House for a third straight weekend on Friday.

 

Presidential visits to Palm Beach County are not unusual, with former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama all making multiple visits for fundraisers, golf outings and campaign appearances. But those visits did not involve extended stays, as is the case with Trump.

 

“Obviously we take it very seriously and we’re fortunate we have the experience and the manpower to be able to handle it. We work seamlessly with the Secret Service because we’ve done it so much,” Bradshaw said.

 

Click here to read more about the local costs helping the Secret Service protect the president.

 

 

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