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Could You Afford To Celebrate The Holidays With The Trumps At Mar-A-Lago?

Still trying to decide what might be a great way to ring in the New Year? Why not consider heading over to President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort for their annual New Year's Eve party? Of course, if you felt like spending the holiday at the 'Winter White House', it's going to cost you - and it'll cost extra this year, because the prices just went up.

Time Magazine recently calculated just how much it might take for you to rub elbows with the Trumps this season.

Since Trump became president, the lavish Florida resort has raised its prices. Politico reports that the membership fees for new members of the golf resort have doubled in the last year. It now would cost a hefty $200,000 to join the club.

Annual dues, which were a bargain at $1,000 last year, are now $15,000.

You don't actually have to be a member to go to a party at the resort. You can still (if you're lucky to come by them) purchase a ticket at non-member prices. But beware; those prices are skyrocketing, too.

Last year, members could get a ticket to the party for $525; this year, it'll cost them $600. Non-members could get a ticket for $575 last year, but now they'll have to fork out $750 per ticket to attend.

It's not surprising that the costs of joining the club have become exorbitant. Mr. Trump, First Lady Melania and their son Barron Trump, along with Trump's other children, have been spotted there often since Trump was sworn into office.

This is how the resort got the nickname 'Winter White House'. During the harsh winters, Trump appears to fly south as often as possible.

This habit of spending so much time in Mar-a-Lago hasn't been sitting well with the public. Taxpayers aren't happy about the cost of transporting the Trump family back and forth practically every weekend. Even more unhappy are locals in Palm Beach, because when the president comes through many businesses get forced to close, streets are blocked off and flights get backed up.

Local authorities have seen their costs skyrocket to ensure the POTUS and his family are safe. The sheriff's department says it costs them an additional $60,000 per day when the president is in town.

Officials in Palm Beach have asked the Federal government to pay up if the president continues to swing by on a regular basis for holidays and games of golf. Paulette Burdick, the Democratic mayor of Palm Beach County, proposed a plan that would force the Mar-a-Lago resort to pay for the president's protection, and any other costs incurred by the city for Trump's visits.

Trump may have brought on the backlash himself. He was one of former President Barack Obama’s harshest critics. The Obama family took one trip home per year to Hawaii, where the former president grew up. Trump used to rail against Obama on Twitter, attempting to incite outrage over the costly vacations.

Trump as a candidate frequently swore he would not even take vacations, but after he was elected he proceeded to go to Florida on a regular basis. Trump has not even been in office a year yet, but he's already spent a total of 41 days in Mar-a-Lago.

In addition, he's spent another 93 days combined at his other golf resorts.

Source: Time
Photo: Today

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