Trump is the guy who promised America during his 2016 presidential campaign that, unlike Barack Obama, he would be so busy that he wouldn’t have time to play golf. “I’m not going to have time to go golfing, believe me,” he said in August of that year. “Believe me. Believe me, folks.”
As it happens, though, Trump has spent one out of every five days since taking office on one of his own golf courses, accruing better than $100 million in travel and security costs, all paid for by U.S. tax payers. Probably sensing that a full cost-accounting relative to the Secret Service details accompanying these outings would prove embarrassing to Trump as he lumbers through his 2020 re-election campaign, Treasury Secretary Seth Mnuchin wants to hide those numbers from public view until after election day, the latest example of the administration’s contempt for transparency and accountability.