President Trump is the least-traveled president since Ronald Reagan, according to a new USA Today study released on Thursday.
However, Trump’s travel expenses, including trips to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, and Bedminster, N.J. golf club, have cost U.S. taxpayers nearly $13.5 million — 15 times as much as Obama spent in his final year, according to a report from the conservative group Judicial Watch.
“He seems to be traveling a lot, but so much of it seems to be traveling to second homes,” Brendan Doherty, a political science professor at the U.S. Naval Academy, told USA Today.
In his first year in office, Trump spent more than 130 days at his personal properties, including 100 days at golf properties.
When you exclude these frequent trips to his personal properties, Trump’s most visited state is Pennsylvania, then Ohio, Texas and West Virginia.
“He seems to like to go places where he’s already very popular or is likely to get a raucous welcome,” Doherty said.
The Hill added:
In the U.S., Trump has only spent one night of his presidency at a hotel he didn’t own, USA Today reported.
Trump has spent 60 days visiting states thus far in his presidency. By comparison, George W. Bush spent the most time of any president in other states — 112 days — in the same time frame.
Reagan and Jimmy Carter both spent only 32 days in other states during the first 14 months of their presidencies.
Barack Obama spent 77 days in other states, Bill Clinton spent 82 days visiting states and George H.W. Bush spent 73 days visiting states at this point in their respective presidencies.
Trump will visit Pennsylvania this weekend for the fifth time to rally his supporters and then California next week for the first time to view eight prototypes for his proposed border wall.