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Here's how Trump reportedly spent $3.6 million on his 'convenient' two-day visit to Ireland

Here's how Trump reportedly spent $3.6 million on his 'convenient' two-day visit to Ireland
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President Donald Trump speaks before he departs Shannon Airport, Thursday, June 6, 2019, in Shannon, Ireland.

  • President Donald Trump made a stop in Ireland after a three-day state visit in the United Kingdom. 
  • The president's hasty stop drew attention when he spent time at his golf resort in Doonbeg, which is his latest trip to one of his golf properties. 
  • Though Trump insisted the choice of location at the resort was "convenient," his stay at the resort prompted ethics concerns and his travel back and forth to France added hundreds of miles to his trip.
  • Presidential travel comes with some inherent steep costs, but Trump's stop in Ireland racked up a $3-million cherry on top of his expensive golf trip track record. 
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President Donald Trump spent two nights in Ireland after a three-day state visit to the United Kingdom. 

The president's hasty stop drew attention when he refused to visit Dublin, the country's capital, insisting he would stay at his golf resort in Doonbeg. 

The stop was the latest in Trump's regular visits to his golf courses, which have sparked ethics concerns since he took office for their exorbitant cost to taxpayers and promotion of his brand. 

A report released by the Government Accountability Office in February says four trips in 2017 to Trump's private club Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida cost taxpayers $13.6 million, or approximately $3.4 million each.

Much of a president's travel costs come from the dozens of White House staffers who accompany the trip, and that number multiplies for international trips. 

Read more: The president and first lady travel in an 'imperial bubble' where the US government books entire floors of hotels, closes down airports, and shuts down highways. Here's what it's like.

The president's trips can cost taxpayers millions of dollars because of the use of Air Force One and the expenses of the Secret Service, the Air Force, local sheriff's departments, the Coast Guard and other agencies.

A report from the Huffington Post picked apart Trump's travel costs on the quick trip, see why his choice of itinerary raised eyebrows.  

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