Tomorrow, President Donald Trump will embark on his first international trip as a government official, and he will be visiting Saudi Arabia, Israel, and the Vatican. These trips aren’t cheap; Trump will be taking his daughter, his son-in-law (Jared Kushner) and other family members with him.
So how much will the trip cost?
Tomorrow’s trip will be the first presidential trip outside the United States. During Trump’s trip, he will be visiting Saudi Arabia, Israel, and the Vatican, each of which has its own security challenges — and therefore costs.
So let’s break down the costs:
The trip will require at least 30 hours of Air Force One operation, which costs around $200,000 per hour while in the air (and that doesn’t include ground costs). There are also several C-130s and other transport vehicles required for his limos and other support vehicles.
When Bill Clinton traveled as president to Asia, he needed a total of nearly 100 planes.
The hotels and accommodations are another huge cost. When Obama visited India, he spent approximately $1 million per night, according to a contract disclosure. That includes rooms for several hundred advisors, staff, and security personnel.
Presidential travel to unsafe regions also generally include warships. When President Obama traveled to India, he had a fleet of over two dozen ships in his protective entourage.
In total, these costs add up to multiple millions of dollars. Past presidential trips have had wide ranges of costs, depending on the location. President Clinton, for example, spent around $40 million on his most expensive trip.
Based on the fact that President Donald Trump will be visiting several insecure areas, this trip will be particularly costly. It is also a relatively long trip. In fact, it’s costing $3 million/hour to secure Trump’s Israel hotel, according to the Inquisitr.
So how much will President Trump’s trip to Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Vatican cost? We estimate that the president’s trip will cost $70-120 million.