The Obamas Family Trip to Africa to Cost $60 to $100 Million

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Many details about foreign presidential trips are classified for national  security reasons, and there is little public information about overall costs. A  report from the Government Accountability Office found that Clinton’s 1998 trip  to six African nations cost the U.S. government at least $42.7 million. Most of  that was incurred by the military, which made 98 airlift missions to transport  personnel and vehicles, and set up temporary medical evacuation units in five  countries.

That figure did not include costs borne by the Secret Service, which were  considered classified.

Obama’s trip could cost the federal government $60 million to $100 million  based on the costs of similar African trips in recent years, according to one  person familiar with the journey, who was not authorized to speak for  attribution. The Secret Service planning document, which was provided to The  Post by a person who is concerned about the amount of resources necessary for  the trip, does not specify costs.

“The infrastructure that accompanies the president’s travels is beyond our  control,” said Ben Rhodes, Obama’s deputy national security adviser for  strategic communications. “The security requirements are not White House-driven,  they are Secret Service-driven. . . . Part of this is the nature of making sure  we travel to emerging areas in Southeast Asia, Latin America and Africa. They  are not as designed to facilitate the footprint of the United States  president.”

But current and former government security officials involved in presidential  trips said White House staff also help determine what’s required, because they  plan the visits and parameters. The Secret Service and military respond to that  itinerary by providing what their agencies consider the required security.

White House officials said the trip was long overdue, marking Obama’s first  visit as president to sub-Saharan Africa aside from a 22-hour stopover in Ghana  in 2009. The emerging democracies on the itinerary are crucial partners in  regional security conflicts, Rhodes said.

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4 thoughts on “The Obamas Family Trip to Africa to Cost $60 to $100 Million

  1. But they can’t afford to keep the White House tours?

    Notice that this unprecedented nonsense is occurring during Obama’s reign of terror and never before.

    • They can afford the tours. Trump has offered to pay the cost for a year and so has Hannity, they just choose not to.

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