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Trump just wasted $400,000 of taxpayer money to fly back to Washington to attend a concert

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President Donald Trump has been criticized for millions of dollars in taxpayer money he has wasted traveling to his properties in Florida and New Jersey every weekend to golf. However, Trump has taken his waste even further by flying back to Washington, D.C. for just a few hours for a concert at the Kennedy Center.

According to White House public schedules, Trump flew to Bedminster, New Jersey Friday at 4:20 p.m. Friday afternoon. Public schedules for Saturday, July 1, 2017 reveal Trump will leave New Jersey for Washington a little over 24 hours after arriving. This all to attend the Celebrate Freedom Rally at the Kennedy Center, and fly back to New Jersey for the night. Trump is then expected to return to Washington Monday evening before the Independence Day festivities.

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According to a Business Insider report, it costs approximately $200,000 an hour to operate Air Force One, which means Trump has cost taxpayers a minimum of $400,000 to attend the Saturday rally.

Trump has been criticized since taking office for spending each weekend costing taxpayers millions so that he could take the weekend off at his resorts.

“Can you believe that, with all of the problems and difficulties facing the U.S., President Obama spent the day playing golf,” read one Trump tweeted in 2014.

“The habitual vacationer, @BarackObama, is now in Hawaii,” he tweeted in 2011, alleging, “This vacation is costing taxpayers $4 million.”

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If Trump had stayed in Washington D.C. for the weekend, he would have saved taxpayers over $800,000 in flights and likely more in security costs by staying at the White House. Reports reveal Trump surpassed one year of former President Barack Obama’s travel costs in one month.

At the same time, the New Jersey state government is shutdown due to a budget crisis.


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Trump ‘specifically pressured the president of Ukraine’: WSJ reporter explains bombshell report

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MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace on Friday interviewed one of the reporters behind a bombshell story on President Donald Trump and his interactions with Ukraine that are at the center of the whistleblower scandal.

"President Trump in a July phone call repeatedly pressured the president of Ukraine to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden ’s son, urging Volodymyr Zelensky about eight times to work with Rudy Giuliani, his personal lawyer, on a probe, according to people familiar with the matter," The Wall Street Journal reported.

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Bombshell report confirms Trump ‘repeatedly pressed’ Ukrainian leader to probe Joe Biden’s family

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A new report from the Wall Street Journal confirms that President Donald Trump over the summer "repeatedly pressed" Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Hunter Biden, the son of former Vice President Joe Biden.

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Yale psychiatrist on what the whistleblower scandal reveals about Trump’s ‘self-defeating pathology’

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On Thursday, information emerged that a whistleblower in the intelligence community had officially submitted a complaint suggesting that President Donald Trump had had a compromising discussion with a foreign leader.

As the news circulated Friday, commentators raised the possibility that Trump had offered the president of Ukraine a stronger relationship in exchange for dirt on Joe Biden.

Raw Story spoke with Yale psychiatrist Bandy X. Lee, who has studied the president's erratic behavior.

Lee is a forensic psychiatrist and violence expert at Yale School of Medicine. She has been consulting with the World Health Organization since 2002, has taught at Yale Law School since 2003, and is author of the textbook, “Violence.” In 2017, she held an ethics conference that led to the public-service book, “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump,” and the World Mental Health Coalition. She also convened a panel to assess the president’s mental capacity and chairs a working group on a panel for performing presidential fitness-for-duty tests. She is hosting discussions on the need to speak about a president’s mental health at the Yale Law School and the School of Medicine this week.

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