How much did Donald Trump's visit to Essex cost?
PUBLISHED: 08:30 15 February 2019 | UPDATED: 08:30 15 February 2019
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He may only have been on Essex soil for a matter of minutes but Donald Trump's visit to the UK cost the county's police force more than £1.8million.
The American president flew into Stansted Airport with his wife Melania on July 12 last year, before being whisked away on Marine One, his official helicopter, towards London.
The direct cost to Essex Police for policing the visit was £1,860,351, a freedom of information request submitted by the Reporter revealed.
As part of the total, the force spent £40,010 on accommodation-related costs and £6,223 on transport-related costs.
Officers involved in “Trump-related activities” couldn’t perform their normal jobs, meaning that communities missed out on having officers available locally, the response also revealed.
The cost of officers being involved in Mr Trump’s first official visit to the UK as president was given as approximately £800,000. The officers’ involvement in the visit didn’t cost the force in extra cash, but the £800,000 sum reflects the fact that “in effect, the communities they (the officers) would usually serve missed out on having the officers available locally to serve them either at the time or if they take days off in lieu at a later day,” the response, supplied by Essex Police explained.
Police working overtime during Mr Trump’s UK visit cost the force £160,278,
Essex Police did not answer the question of how many officers it deployed during the visit.
On the first evening of Mr Trump’s trip he and his wife were greeted by Prime Minister Theresa May at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, for a black-tie dinner.
Arriving at Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Winston Churchill, Mr Trump was welcomed by marching bands from the Scots, Irish and Welsh guards.
The next day the president travelled to Windsor to meet the Queen, before flying to Scotland to spend the weekend at a golf resort he owns.
A Home Office spokesman said: “We received applications from three forces for special grants totalling £7.9 million in relation to their additional costs arising from the US president’s visit. These claims have been paid in full.”
Thames Valley Police and the Metropolitan Police also provided officers for Mr Trump’s visit.