President Donald Trump was scheduled to visit with the family of George H.W. Bush at Blair House across the street from the White House.
Protocol dictates that the family of a fallen president can stay at Blair House, the residence made available for dignitaries and incoming presidents. So, the Bush family is staying in the home while they await the elder Bush’s funeral at the Washington National Cathedral Wednesday.
Instead of walking across the street to Blair House, however, Trump decided to use taxpayer dollars to take the motorcade.
Jennifer Jacobs, White House reporter for Bloomberg News, posted a photo of the readying motorcade and the news that Trump didn’t want to walk.
When a president wants to walk to a nearby location like this, generally the Secret Service blocks off Pennsylvania Avenue to tourists and protesters to allow for the short jaunt.
Google Maps shows the trip will likely take 16 minutes to drive to Blair House from the White House. However, the .2 mile walk from the West Wing would take less than five minutes.
Such was the case when President Barack Obama and his family would walk two blocks to the church near the White House to attend services.
You can see Jacob’s photo below:
Trump’s heading — by motorcade— to Blair House, the presidential guesthouse across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House, to visit with the family of the late President George H.W. Bush. pic.twitter.com/3f1S39NmB2
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) December 4, 2018