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Lifestyles Of The Rich & Famous - First Family Edition

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  1. searcher

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    In one of the local papers................

    Plutocracy doesn't come cheap

    Lifestyles of the rich and famous first family
    • By DANA MILBANK
    • 8 hrs ago

    How many Americans does it take to keep President Trump and his family in the lifestyle to which they are accustomed?

    Well, think of it this way. The Washington Post last week had a scoop on the Secret Service requesting an additional $60 million in its next budget: $27 million to protect the president's wife and son in their three-floor penthouse at Trump Tower in New York, where they live instead of the White House, and $33 million for additional travel costs.

    The average family of four in the United States pays about $4,000 a year in federal income taxes. That means the entire tax bill for 15,000 families for the year will go toward these additional protection measures for Trump. And the Secret Service is just a slice of the overall expense. Figure in costs incurred by authorities in Florida and New York, the Pentagon and others, and costs related to the Trump sons' international business trips, and we're well over $100 million a year.

    That's the annual federal income-tax bill for some 25,000 American families. Each trip Trump takes to his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida, where he has gone most weekends since his inauguration, is estimated to cost taxpayers in excess of $3 million. And an unknown chunk of the taxpayers' money subsidizes Trump businesses in the form of rent, restaurant bills and publicity. In April, Trump will host Chinese leader Xi Jinping at what Trump dubs the "Southern White House," which is a Trump property where the initiation fee has doubled to $200,000 since Trump won the presidency.

    The taxpayer subsidization of Trump's rich-and-famous lifestyle is but one of the bait-and-switch maneuvers by Trump, who said during the campaign that "I would rarely leave the White House because there's so much work to be done." The man ran as a populist and is governing as a plutocrat.

    Trump's budget, unveiled shortly before one of his Mar-a-Lago jaunts, would cut many of the government's efforts to help low- and middle-income Americans: aid for small manufacturers, financial assistance to rural regions, affordable housing, job training and home heating. Analyses of previous Trump proposals have shown that the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans would get nearly half of the tax benefits.

    On March 18, The Washington Post's Philip Rucker and Robert Costa reported on the unexpected influence of a "coterie of ascendant Manhattan business figures" around Trump aligned with son-in-law Jared Kushner: Gary Cohn and Dina Powell, formerly of Goldman Sachs, and two other businessmen recruited by Kushner, Chris Liddell and Reed Cordish. They, along with finance and industry heavies in the Cabinet such as Wilbur Ross, Steven Mnuchin and Rex Tillerson, are providing a counterweight to adviser Stephen Bannon's populism.

    Plutocracy doesn't come cheap, in ways big and small. Tillerson, the secretary of state, kicked the press corps off his plane, which means taxpayers will probably pick up tens of thousands of dollars in travel costs that had been paid by media organizations. (The administration said Tillerson flew on a smaller plane to save money, but the military 737 he took is often used by officials traveling with reporters.)

    A budget-conscious president would spend weekends at Camp David rather than hopping on Air Force One, at $200,000 an hour, to Palm Beach. The Post's Philip Bump estimated spending on Trump travel and protection, if it continues at current rates, at $526 million for his presidency. This dwarfs what was spent by Trump's predecessors, even though Trump in 2012 tweeted that Obama's "vacation is costing taxpayers millions of dollars -- unbelievable!"

    Trump has already used his office to boost Trump properties by dining at the Trump International Hotel in Washington and playing golf on his courses. And the Trump administration has told the Trump Organization that this is just fine. The General Services Administration last week declared that the Trump Organization is in "full compliance" with the terms of its lease of the Trump International facility, even though the agreement says no "elected official of the government of the United States" can get "any benefit" from the lease. Trump stepped down from day-to-day management of his company, but he and his family still stand to make out financially.

    Trump, who has often pointed out that he's exempt from conflict-of-interest rules, isn't just any elected official. This week, when asked by Time's Michael Scherer about credibility problems over his false intelligence claims, Trump had an imperious justification: "I'm president, and you're not."

    Or, as another big-spending politician once put it: L'etat, c'est moi.

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    Dana Milbank writes this column for The Washington Post. Follow him on Twitter, @Milbank.

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    TAEZZAR LADY JUSTICE ISNT BLIND, SHES JUST AFRAID TO WATCH Midas Member Site Supporter

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    Is this just another snowflake crybaby?
    Where was all this biased analysis for the halfrican's golfing & Hawaii trips, along with his tranny wife's entourage of over paid assistants ?
    BTW, I believe Trump is NOT collecting a paycheck nor a lavish retirement for his efforts !!
     
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    Was it Obama's monkey-in-law that received a salary too? Nobody said anything about the transgender first lady's mother getting a check.
     
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    Renovation Ivanka: How the First Daughter and Jared have transformed their DC home with a mixture of top designers and regular day-to-day brands... shame the neighbors don't appreciate it
    • Ivanka appears to have simpler tastes that her father's preference for garish gold when it comes to decor
    • She has decorated her home in modern, neutral colors, in a mix of designer and regular day-to-day brands
    • Highlights include a $22,500 chandelier in the dining room and OVO max luxe high chair, worth $459
    • But she revealed she can also keep things simple with a elephant plush rocker, $149 from Pottery Barn
    • The family may be settling in but they have ruffled feathers locally as neighbors in the upmarket neighborhood are furious with their supposed lack of community etiquette that is 'ruining' the suburb


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    She seems like the kid of girl you could just hang out with.
     
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    Hostess with the mostess! Melania dons $2,390 LBD as she and Trump entertain Senators and their spouses at the White House and President promises a deal on healthcare 'soon'
    • Donald Trump spoke at an event at the White House for Senators and spouses
    • The president was seen arriving at the East Room with his wife, Melania Trump
    • Inside, Trump told the Senators he expects to make a healthcare deal 'soon'
    • 'We're going to make a deal on healthcare. And that's such an easy one,' he said


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    EXCLUSIVE - Ivanka's favorite sanctuary city: First Daughter escapes DC to attend glam party at Jared Kushner parents' $12M Fifth Ave pad
    • Ivanka Trump was in New York City on Thursday with her sons Joseph and Theodore, daughter Arabella, and mother-in-law Seryl Kushner
    • The group was photographed walking together on New York's Upper East Side with three Secret Service agents
    • Later that evening, Ivanka and the children attended a party at Seryl and Charles Kushner's Fifth Avenue apartment
    • This is just the second time that Ivanka, 35, has been back in NYC since moving to Washington DC in January
    • Her visit to the Big Apple comes one day after it was announced that she had been appointed to a job at the White House
    • There is now increasing backlash against the first family and Ivanka for this possible ethics violation


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    First, there's no requirement that the press get free rides or accompany anyone. There employers can send them if they want. Second, it never seemed to bother the press when Obama golfed. Lastly, WAAAAH!
     
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    'I disagree with my father and he knows it': Ivanka Trump hits back at critics saying she does challenge her dad urging public not to confuse 'lack of public denouncement with silence' (and reveals she will NOT run for office)
    • Ivanka Trump spoke about her new White House role and her relationship with her father in an interview with Gayle King on 'CBS This Morning' on Wednesday
    • She also responded to critics who have attacked her for not publicly challenging her father on a number of issues
    • Ivanka said she weighs in with her father in private on issues she feels strongly about adding, 'where I disagree with my father, he knows it'
    • King said that later that she believes Ivanka and her father have different viewpoints when it comes to gay rights, immigration and Planned Parenthood
    • The 35-year-old mother of three also asked her critics how voicing her disagreements on social media would render her effective with those in power
    • When asked if she was considering her own political run, Ivanka told host Gayle King she was not, adding: 'Politics is a tough business'


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    EXCLUSIVE: Striking out on their own! Melania takes Tiffany, Barron and THIRTY Secret Service agents to fashionable NYC bowling alley
    • Melania, Tiffany and Barron Trump had a bowling outing on Monday afternoon
    • They were seen leaving Bowlmor Lanes at the Chelsea Pier in New York City
    • The Trumps spent two hours at the upscale alley before leaving out a side door
    • In their entourage were around 30 Secret Service agents and Barron's 'nanny'


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    Melania and Barron join Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago for Easter: First Lady and son fly in on a separate plane as the president spends the seventh weekend of his presidency at Florida retreat
    • Donald Trump landed in Mar-a-Lago on Thursday and was joined at Palm Beach International Airport by wife Melania and his children Don Jr., Eric, Tiffany and Barron Trump who took another flight
    • The president appears to be taking a family trip unaccompanied by any top aides as the White House confirmed he did not have any public events on Friday
    • He received a warm welcome at the airport and at his estate where groups of supporters were waiting
    • This is his seventh trip to Mar-a-Lago since taking office in January, costing at least $1 million per trip
    • Ethics experts say all the while, he gives his property with membership fees of $200,000 free exposure
    • Ethics experts are concerned about the unprecedented nature of the travel


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    He donates his paycheck, but he then costs the taxpayer 40x his paycheck (much of which goes to his own club and therefore his own pocket) every time he goes to Florida.. which is starting to be every Thursday.

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    I am not going to say too much about that,

    I get it, what guys state about his traveling and so on, but........

    every wall in DC has ears,
    no one in DC can be trusted,
    the white house is a dog house comparatively,
    the swamp resides in DC
    Etc.
     
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    lmao.................

    Trump and circumstance: US president insists on GOLD-plated welcome with procession down The Mall in the Queen’s royal carriage during his UK visit in October
    • The US President wants the horse-drawn procession to Buckingham Palace
    • The demand represents a security operation on a huge scale for authorities
    • The Met Police are already preparing for the biggest public order operation with protests planned when President Trump arrives in October


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    The family that prays together: Donald Trump attends Easter Sunday church service with Melania, Tiffany and Barron in sunny Palm Beach
    • Trump was seen before a service at Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea near his Mar-a-lago estate in Florida
    • President was joined by Melania and two of his children, Tiffany and Barron - as well as the first lady's parents
    • The Palm Beach church is the same location as where Donald and Melania were married on January 22, 2005
    • The president spent the weekend in Florida, and on Saturday he again went to Trump International Golf Club
    • He isn't the first commander-in-chief to visit Palm Beach for Easter, as JFK also did when he was president


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    FAMILY AFFAIR: Melania and Barron join President Trump at the White House for annual Easter Egg Roll - while Sean Spicer reads to children on the South Lawn (but this time he left his bunny costume at home)
    • Melania Trump faces her biggest test, so far, as first lady today as she puts on the 139th annual White House Easter Egg Roll
    • Today 21,000 are expected to roll through the South Lawn, with appearances by President Trump, Sean Spicer and Kellyanne Conway
    • The Obamas made the Easter Egg Roll a star-studded affair, inviting characters like Elmo and the Cookie Monster and celebrities like Beyonce
    • This year's guests get White House aides and Cabinet officials who have become White House stars


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    I think we need a tune..................

     
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    Make way for Mama Grizzly: Sarah Palin skips son Trig's birthday to hang with Kid Rock and Ted Nugent at White House where she cozies up to Jared Kushner and President Trump while mocking Hillary Clinton
    • Sarah Palin was at the White House on Wednesday to visit President Donald Trump
    • She was joined by friends Kid Rock and Ted Nugent, with the three taking some time to mock Hillary Clinton's official portrait
    • Palin, 53, was later seen chatting with Jared Kushner in the Oval Office while President Trump took a phone call
    • The trip came one day after Palin's youngest son Trig celebrated his ninth birthday
    • Nugent later wrote that he and President Trump spoke about Black Lives Matter over a dinner of lamb and lobster salad
    • Chelsea Clinton criticized President Trump for allowing Nugent into the White House after he threatened Barack Obama, saying in 2007 that the then-senator should 'su**' on a machine gun


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    Trump is greeted by fans at his Washington hotel as he dines with Melania, Ivanka and Treasury Secretary Mnuchin ahead of Wednesday's major tax announcement
    • Trump fans went wild when he had dinner at his hotel in Washington, DC
    • The President had dinner with Melania, Ivanka and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin Saturday night
    • They likely met for dinner to discuss the President's upcoming tax plan
    • He tweeted on Saturday that there will be a new plan announced on Wednesday


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