WH: No comment on First Lady's Spain trip

Associated Press Published: April 26, 2012

President Obama's spokesman refused to comment on a report that First Lady Michelle Obama's 2010 trip to Spain cost $467,585 in taxpayer money, just as her family trip to Africa also cost more than $400,000.

"I don't think I'll have a comment on that," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said today. "I think we addressed this issue a long time ago," he also said.

In 2010, a White House aide assured The Daily Beast that the first lady followed "the same rules as have applied to any previous first-family travel: the costs are split appropriately, with private expenses paid for privately; government expenses are paid for by the government."

Judicial Watch, a government watchdog group now reports  -- based on documents provided by the federal government -- that her trip cost $467, 585. Travel expenses for Mrs. Obama, her guests, and the crew tallied up to $213, 124. Her Secret Service detail another $254,461, according to the watchdog.

The Spain trip was even more expensive to taxpayers than the African safari that Mrs. Obama went on in 2011. Her daughters were listed as "senior staff" on the trip, as The Washington Examiner's Mark Tapscott noted at the time, and the price tag was over $424,000.

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