Trump visit expenses near $80K for local, state agencies

GREAT FALLS (AP) — President Donald Trump’s visit earlier this month to Great Falls cost local, county and state agencies about $80,000.

The Great Falls Tribune reports the expenses from Great Falls, Cascade County and Montana Highway Patrol total $57,236 after about $21,000 in revenues to Cascade County.

A Montana Highway Patrol spokeswoman says the force sent 41 troopers to Great Falls for the July 5 visit, spending $24,749, including benefits.

Great Falls Deputy City Manager Chuck Anderson says the city’s total personnel costs totaled $14,902, including staff from Parks and Recreation, Great Falls Police Department and Great Falls Fire Rescue.

Cascade County officials previously reported the cost after revenues at $17,585; that’s $39,319 in expenses and $21,734 in income.

Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton says a visit from a sitting president is well worth the associated costs to agencies, specifically law enforcement.