Trump's travel costs to eclipse Obama

The president makes his third visit to the so-called 'Winter White House' on Friday

Trump's travel costs to eclipse Obama

In this file photo, US President Donald Trump listens to the Palm Beach Central High School Band as they play at his arrival at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach. | Image: Susan Walsh AP/Press Association Images

President Donald Trump's travel expenses have cost the taxpayer $10 million during his first month in office.

According to Washington Post figures calculated from an October 2016 Government Accountability, Trump's travel costs look set to exceed former president Barack Obama's travel costs in eight years - an estimated $97 million.

On Friday, Trump is set to jet off on a working getaway at his oceanfront "winter White House" Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida - his third such trip while in office.

As well as the financial drain, reports suggest that the frequent travelling is also straining Secret Service and security officials.

White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham insisted this week that Trump is always working, even when he has left Washington behind.

“He is not vacationing when he goes to Mar-a-Lago,” Grisham said. “The president works nonstop every day of the week, no matter where he is.”

Prior to his presidency, Trump publicly criticised Obama's travelling during his terms on Twitter and on Fox News.

Following his election, Trump told CBS News that he would be keeping his vacationing to a minimum - and prior to that, he told The Hill newspaper in 2015, “I would rarely leave the White House because there’s so much work to be done.”