President Barack Obama’s two day trip to South Africa in June cost taxpayers more than $2.2 million on hotel room and rental car costs alone, according to documents released by the State Department on Sunday.
All told, the trip cost as much as $100 million according to a pair of Republican House members.
The first family’s trip to sub-Saharan Africa was criticized by Reps. Mark Meadows (R., N.C.) and Steve Stockman (R., Texas) in June for its high price tag in the wake of budget cuts due to sequestration, though the visit went on as planned.
The president’s “VIP visit” to Pretoria, Johannesburg, and Cape Town on June 29 and 30 cost $2,210,840.46 in hotel and transportation expenses alone, according to four contracts released by the State Department.
Europcar, owned by the French investment company Eurazeo, and Kwathlano, a South African car rental service, were used for transport to Pretoria and Johannesburg, costing a total of $1,003,382.
Transportation to Cape Town, which was also provided by Europcar, cost $702,342.90.
For “POTUS Accommodation” a contract was awarded to the Radisson Blu hotel in “upscale Sandton” totaling $505,115.56.
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