The Washington Post reports:
When President Obama makes his first extended trip to sub-Saharan Africa this month, the federal agencies charged with keeping him safe won’t be taking any chances.According to the article, the total cost is estimated to be between $60 million and $100 million!
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.
If it costs that much for the President to travel, he shouldn't travel. Or he should cut his security and entourage back to something comparable to other heads-of-state. How many teachers, bridges, etc., could you get for $100 million? And that is just one trip. His security budget for an entire 4 year term shouldn't be $100 million.