President Trump Ends President Obama’s Vacation Scam, Sends Bill-Fiction! 

Summary of eRumor:

President Trump has ended President’s Obama’s “vacation scam,” in which the former president planned to bill taxpayers for billions in lavish vacations over the next 20 years, and Trump sent Obama a bill that “you have to see to believe.”

The Truth:

President Trump hasn’t cracked down on President Obama’s so-called vacation scam, or sent the former president a bill for vacations that weren’t part of official state business.

Those rumors stem from Last Line of Defense, a self-described fake news website that relies on “facts that don’t necessarily exist” in hoax political reports. The story, which appears under the headline, “BREAKING: Trump Just Ended Obama’s Vacation Scam And Sent Him A Bill You Have To See To Believe,” begins:

Before Obama left office he arranged with the State Department for a series of “official visits” to foreign countries spanning the next 20 years. Using discretionary funds from the Office of Presidential Visits and Vacations, Obama was able to weasel what would have been another $2.1 billion in free vacations for him and up to 24 members of his family plus staff and a dog sitter until the year 2036.

He would have, that is, had he not lost his office to Donald Trump. Trump, who is always looking for ways to save money, was having the office used for vacations repainted with 24 karat gold leaf trim and having the shelves lined with leather when he was presented with a ledger that contained all of the travel plans and expenses. The ledger was found by one of the 31 workers Trump hired from outside the typical White House staff to make alterations requiring specialized craftsmen.

There’s no basis for the claim that President Obama has arranged $2.1 billion in vacations over the next years, or that President Trump had ended Obama’s vacation scam. Rather, the entire report fits into the category of  “facts that don’t necessarily exist,” which appears in the site’s disclaimer. The original report was published in February 2017, but by June 2017 it was still being re-reported and circulated as breaking news on social media sites.

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A fake news report that President Trump had ended President Obama’s vacation scam was being re-reported as breaking news in June 2017.

It’s almost become tradition for political commentators to levy claims about the vacation and work schedules of presidents from opposing parties before and during their time in office. We covered various rumors about President Obama’s vacation schedule during his time in office, and there had already been comparisons between President Trump’s and President Obama’s travel expenses within the first few months of Trump’s time in office.  That’s not likely to stop anytime soon. But the specific claim that Trump ended Obama’s vacation scam is “fiction.”

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