Air Force Spent $675K on Melania Trump’s Flights Before White House Move

Melania Trump’s 21 flights to be with President Trump over a three-month period before she moved into the White House last year cost the Air Force (and U.S. taxpayers) more than $675,000, according to military records obtained by The Wall Street Journal. Air Force jets flew the first lady to New York City, Florida, and Washington, D.C. during the time she and was still living in New York City’s Trump Tower while Barron Trump was finishing the fifth grade. At least 19 flights were made to La Guardia Airport and nine to Palm Beach International to shuttle Mrs. Trump to and from her home, the White House, and the Trump Organization’s Mar-a-Lago resort in South Florida. The planes she typically took on these trips cost “$10,075 an hour to fly,” according to the Defense Department hourly rates.