President Trump arrived Thursday night at a familiar destination.
Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey sits on a 36-hole course, with a pool, dining area, and several cottages and suites. Membership can reportedly cost about $300,000. It’s where President Trump’s daughter Ivanka married Jared Kushner in 2009, and where Trump once said he wants to be buried.
He spent three days there as president-elect, interviewing potential Cabinet members. And with his Mar-A-Lago club in Florida preparing to close for the season, it could become his “summer White House.”
Bedminster is an affluent community, with more than a quarter of all families earning incomes above $200,000. But the infrastructure isn’t built for large crowds. President Trump’s club sits on a two-lane road, which doesn’t have a shoulder.
And many in town are worried about who’s going to foot the bill for the added security.
It could be pricey for a government with just 16 police officers. Added security around Mar-A-Lago during President Trump’s visits has reportedly cost surrounding governments more than $3.5 million, reports CBS News’ Don Dahler. Bedminster Mayor Steven Parker predicts his township alone could have to pay $300,000 to support the president’s travel this summer.
“We do not have a separate line item set aside that specifically takes care of that. So we’re all working together to find that source,” Mayor Parker said
But he says Bedminster can handle the spotlight. “I think it’s going to be a big non-event here,” he said of the president coming to town. “It’s flattering that the president enjoys Bedminster like our residents do, but I don’t think it’s going to be terribly disruptive.”
Some of the people who live here would rather not have to deal with it.
“Mr. President, you are welcome to come, but please don’t,” said…