President Donald Trump said on Friday morning that he will be staying at his golf club in New Jersey this weekend in order to avoid disrupting New York City, and saving the country some money.
Trump took to Twitter to make the announcement, saying “Rather than causing a big disruption in N.Y.C., I will be working out of my home in Bedminster, N.J. this weekend. Also saves country money!”
Rather than causing a big disruption in N.Y.C., I will be working out of my home in Bedminster, N.J. this weekend. Also saves country money!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1493989366.0
Trump was in Manhattan on Thursday dinner meeting with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on the USS Intrepid, moored on Manhattan's West Side. During their meeting Trump praised the Australian universal healthcare system as being better than America's.
Australia's health care system is single payer, a system that has received much praise by Democrats.
After his meeting with Turnbull, Trump stayed at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J.. The president plans to stay there through the weekend, and has no major events planned with the exception signing the $1 trillion funding bill that was passed by both the House and Senate, which Trump hopes to have signed before midnight Friday.
According to a letter sent by Bedminster's Mayor Steve Parker to New Jersey Congressman Leonard Lance, that Trump's visits this summer will cost $300,000.
The Justice Department said it is considering reimbursing Bedminster for the extra security costs, as well as Trump's other frequented locations such as Trump Tower in Manhattan, which costs $500,000 a day for Trump to stay in.
Just flying Trump to his Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida costs over $1 million in taxpayer money, according to Judicial Watch. Additionally, Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw told NBC that it costs his department $60,000 a day to host the president.