President Obama’s 2013 golfing trip with Woods cost U.S. taxpayers nearly $3.6 million, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office.
These costs consisted of the operating expenses of Air Force One, supporting aircraft, and U.S. Coast Guard small boats, as well as travel expenses, which include per diem commercial airfare and rental cars for Defense Department and Department of Homeland Security personnel supporting the trip, according to the report. It does not include the salaries and benefits of U.S. government civilian and military personnel traveling with the president or involved with agency travel preparations, the GAO said.
On Feb. 15, 2013, Obama flew from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland to Chicago to deliver remarks on the economy. He then flew to Palm Beach, Florida, for vacation, where he golfed with Woods before returning to Joint Base Andrews.
The GAO review was conducted in response to a request from Wyoming Republican Sen. John Barrasso, who served at the time as a ranking member of the Senate subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure.