Why Obama's trip to Africa could cost from $60-$100 million

Photo credit: www.independent.co.uk
Photo credit: www.independent.co.uk

(WTVM) - President Obama and his family are scheduled to visit Africa later this month, but the cost of the trip has come into question.

His eight day trip could cost anywhere from $60 to $100 million. The family will visit sub-Saharan Africa, Senegal, Tanzania, and South Africa to encourage a strong relationship between the United States and these developing countries.

The cost has been estimated based on the cost of similar trips to Africa in recent years.

This is not the first expensive foreign trip by a president, although it may one of the most expensive. Former President Bill Clinton's 1998 trip to Africa cost at least $42.7 million, and President Bush and his wife used significant resources when they visited Africa in 2003 and 2008.

According to The Washington Post, the expenses include:

"Hundreds of U.S. Secret Service agents will be dispatched to secure facilities in Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania. A Navy aircraft carrier or amphibious ship, with a fully staffed medical trauma center, will be stationed offshore in case of an emergency.

Military cargo planes will airlift in 56 support vehicles, including 14 limousines and three trucks loaded with sheets of bulletproof glass to cover the windows of the hotels where the first family will stay. Fighter jets will fly in shifts, giving 24-hour coverage over the president's airspace, so they can intervene quickly if an errant plane gets too close."

This document did not note specific prices.

President Obama and The First Lady had planned a safari trip to Tanzania, but that trip was canceled after the cost and purpose of the trip came into question.

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