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Sticker Shock: An Overseas Presidential Trip Can Cost Up To $100 Million

It is not hard to imagine how a presidential trip could get really expensive really quickly. Between secret service agents, convoys and military resources, a hefty bill can run up in no time. 

Thanks to a document obtained by the Washington Post, we get to find out first hand exactly what these numbers can look like.

The Post’s documents shows President Barack Obama’s upcoming Africa trip costing $60 to $100 million. The exact number is impossible to know since it is classified by the White House, but regardless of where it falls in that range, that is a ton of money.

Included in the expenses are hundreds of secret service agents dispatched to three different countries, a Navy aircraft carrier with a fully staffed medical center, military cargo planes that will airlift in 56 support vehicles, 14 limousines and three trucks full of bullet proof glass for the president’s hotel windows and 24-hour surveillance by fighter jets.

Ben Rhodes, Obama’s deputy national security adviser for strategic communication, said the cost of transporting the president is expensive, regardless of who the president currently is.

"The infrastructure that accompanies the president's travels is beyond our control," he said. “The security requirements are not White House-driven, they are Secret Service-driven."

And you thought your family vacation could get expensive. 

Source: USA Today, Washington Post


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