Pence Super Bowl flight cost taxpayers $90K

Vice President Mike Pence’s February flight to the Super Bowl cost taxpayers $89,246, according to federal documents that the advocacy group Judicial Watch obtained and published Friday.

The Feb. 5 flight to Houston was part of more than $3.5 million in White House travel that Judicial Watch has received so far under the Freedom of Information Act since the Trump administration took office Jan. 20.

Air Force documents described costs ranging from $5,450 per hour for First Lady Melania Trump to fly aboard the military version of a Boeing 737 to $142,380 per hour for the president’s modified Boeing 747 known as Air Force One.

Trips included Trump's flight with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Mar-a-Lago, where they played a round of golf in February, at a cost of $597,996 aboard Air Force One. Another Trump flight to the resort in March cost $583,758.

Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, urged Trump to control travel costs better than the Obama administration, which spent $100 million on travel during eight years.

“Presidential travel is racking up millions of dollars in expenses paid by taxpayers,” Fitton said.

Neither the White House nor Pence's spokesman immediately replied to a request for a comment.

For the trip to the Super Bowl LI, Pence brought 35 people, including wounded veterans, aboard the military version of a Boeing 757 to see the New England Patriots beat the Atlanta Falcons.

“What do you think?” Pence asked the veterans, pointing to the plane known as Air Force Two. “Decent ride?”

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