Press Not Allowed To Cover Michelle Obama’s Taxpayer-Funded Vacation To China

March 19, 2014 11:49 amViews: 4071

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Michelle Obama is off on yet another taxpayer funded vacation to a land half way around the world this time. China is her destination and her entourage includes her mother and daughters. However, there will be no press allowed to travel with the First Lady and she will not be giving interviews while on her junket to China.

Probably to cover her personal expenses of having to pay for room and board herself, Mrs Obama is making this some kind of an official First Lady business kind of deal where she will be emphasizing the importance of education. On official business for the United States of America, the American taxpayer picks up the entire tab.

The White House says this trip will be a ‘people-to-people exchange.’ Unfortunately, for her own people here in this country she will not be allowing the press to come along nor is the White House releasing details as to the cost of the lavish trip. After all, why do the people need to know how their money is being spent?

Sure, that seems totally legit.

Read more below from The Weekly Standard:

First Lady Michelle Obama will be accompanied by her children and her mother on her trip to China, which begins today. But she won’t be accompanied by the press.

“Michelle Obama’s trip to China starting on Wednesday will be nonpolitical, the White House says, a ‘people-to-people exchange’ emphasizing the importance that both nations place on education. As if to underscore the point, no reporters are traveling with the first lady, and she does not plan to give interviews while there,” reports the New York Times.

The White House is defending the first lady bringing her family along for the ride by saying it’s what the Chinese would want. “Tina Tchen, Mrs. Obama’s chief of staff and a first-generation Chinese-American, said a multigenerational visit would be appreciated by the Chinese, who value tradition,” says the Times.

But in America, the trip is not without controversy. "Mrs. Obama is drawing scrutiny for her decision to travel with her mother and her two daughters, who are on spring break, bringing to mind a vacation she took to Spain in 2010 with her daughter Sasha and some friends. She and her entourage paid for their lodging and entertainment. But the security cost taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars, and the trip was criticized as lavish.," reads the report.

"Some conservative commentators are calling the China trip a junket. The White House will not say how much it will cost."

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