Obama's Trip to Africa Comes With an Eye-Popping Price Tag

Obama's Trip to Africa Comes With an Eye-Popping Price Tag

President Obama's trip to Africa could cost up to $100 million.

Published June 13, 2013

President Obama and his family are scheduled to travel to Africa at the end of June, with stops in South Africa, Senegal and Tanzania. And, according to a report from the Washington Post, the cost could add up to $60-100 million.

Expenses include military planes airlifting in 56 support vehicles, including 14 limousines and three trucks’ worth of bullet-proof glass to cover the windows of the president’s hotels.

Under different circumstances, the amount might not be a big deal. Former President Bill Clinton's 1998 trip to six African nations cost the federal government approximately $42 million.

But Obama's trip comes at a time when the government is grappling with the effects of sequestration, the mandatory, across-the-board budget cuts being made in just about every federal agency.

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Written by Joyce Jones


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